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Team Selection Criteria

March 18, 2023

Welsh Fencing Selection Policy Consultation

by Matt Russell

Welsh Fencing would like to invite feedback and comments to the attached draft revised Selection Policy developed by the board.

It has been a number of years since this has been updated, and along with the full integration of Welsh Veterans Fencing into Welsh Fencing, it provided the opportunity and impetus to review and update this document.

The policy follows much of the existing policies and elements from the British Fencing selection policy. It is intended to provide further clarity on the processes, criteria and eligibility for selection.

We would very much like to hear your views on this important document, and a feedback form is available at https://forms.office.com/r/iGdRdLQ6qT which asks for comments on the various sections of the policy. This consultation will close on 14th April 2023.

The board look forward to receiving your comments and finalising the document ready for the 2023/24 season and beyond.

August 18, 2022

Eligibility to Fence for Wales

by Mark Ridsdale

To be eligible to fence for a Welsh team you MUST satisfy one of the following criteria (1-3) plus satisfy criteria (4).

August 18, 2022

Senior Team Selection Policy

by Executive Board

This policy covers selection for Welsh Fencing Senior teams for Commonwealth Fencing Championships, 5 Nations and Winton Cup events. Selection for Junior, Schools or Student teams are NOT covered by this policy. This policy replaces all previous versions of Welsh Fencing Senior Selection Policy.

August 18, 2022

Commonwealth Selection Criteria

by Executive Board

The Board are pleased to announce the Commonwealth Selection Criteria that will be applied for the Senior and Junior/Cadet Championships in 2022.  They are designed to take into account the significant disruption caused by the COVID pandemic.  If there are any questions, please raise them to the Secretary - secretary@fencing.cymru.

August 17, 2022

Youth Five Nations Selection Policy

by Mark Ridsdale

The Youth Five Nations event is an U18 event, and is the replacement for the School Games.  

The Wales Selection Policy can be found below:

August 16, 2022

ADP Coaches

by Mark Ridsdale

he Board wishes to clearly identify the Welsh Fencing ADP coaches as

  • Fran Whalley,
  • Peter Russell,
  • Dan Robinson
  • John Rees,
  • Mike Evans-Jones

The above will also be clearly identified at future ADP sessions, their names will be displayed with contact details on a board within the fencing salle.

The above ADP coaches also act as ‘recommenders for selection’ i.e. they will recommend named fencers for potential selection. Final selection will be made by the Board excluding those Board members who are also ADP coaches.

January 04, 2021

Veteran Welsh Team Selection

by Mark Ridsdale

WVFA Team Selectors 2020

  • Foil: Margaret Myers
  • Epee: Catherine Bowd
  • Sabre: Ceri Thomas

Appeals to WVFA Chairman (chairmanwvfa@yahoo.com), ratified by the selection board.

As per the current Selection Policy, below.

Upon selection/acceptance of a Team place you are permitted to wear the current FIE approved Welsh patch, the Welsh Stripe is still permissible at Comonwealth events.

Eligibility for selection:

  • Born in Wales
  • Parent/Grandparent born in Wales
  • Residency in Wales for a continuos period of 2 years (or more) and on the electoral role.
  • Membership of WVFA/WF
  • Membership of BF
  • Mandatory membership of the BVF (for all open BVF veterans competitions and for Winton selection)

FIE license must be held for Veterans Commonwealths/ Individual European Championships, or if selected to represent GBR for European Teams/World's.

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