THE TOURNAMENT CALENDAR FOR 2021 IS NOW UP!
Take a look, put the dates in your diary and start training!
Meeting Opened: 6:50pm
Confirmation of the Previous Minutes: David moved that the minutes from 2019 be accepted. Maja seconded. Passed with all in favour.
President’s Report: David gave the President’s Report for 2020. Maja seconded David’s report. The report was accepted with all in favour.
The report will circulated to all members via email.
Following the report, David and Maja presented flowers, a card and a trophy to Katie and thanked her for all her work as secretary over the last three years.
Treasurer’s Report: Amanda presented and discussed the financial statements for 2020. The society has not lost money this year, although expenses are still too high compared to income. She acknowledged the excellent work done by Maja in increasing income from competitions and simplifying the accounting through RegisterNow, and Rhys’ very successful fundraising for new equipment.
Ben noted that our constitution requires the accounts to be audited annually, although this seems to have been done rarely if ever and may not be necessary. After discussion, the meeting raised an action point for the executive to look into Fencing North’s accounting processes, with a view to amending that clause.
Peter seconded Amanda’s report. The report was accepted, with one abstention.
Election of Executive Officers: One nomination was received for each executive position:
Neil moved that the nominees be elected as a bloc. Mary seconded. The officers were elected with all in favour.
Setting of Affiliation Fees for 2020: David proposed that the Fencing North affiliation fee remain at $0 for all membership tiers. Maja seconded. The motion was carried with all in favour.
Meeting Closed: 7:38pm
For the 2021 Fencing North Calendar, all weapons must comply with the FIE rules, and Weights and Gauges will be used at the start of every bout!
This rules can be found on the FIE website https://static.fie.org/uploads/24/123991-book%20m%20ang_july%202020.pdf
Foil: m.6 -13 (especially m.11)
Epee: m.14-2120 (especially m.19)
Failure to comply to these rules will result in an automatic yellow card.
If in doubt please check with your coach BEFORE the event to ensure your weapons are compliant, and to avoid a nasty shock on the day.
Fencing North Inc. Committee Meeting – 07.12.2020
Meeting Opened: 7:10pm
Present: David Elder (President), Ben Upton (Secretary), Amanda Hopkins (Treasurer), Maja Saran (Head of Tournaments), Rhys Greensill (Fund Raising), Mary Black (Tuatahi), Matthew Houton (Auckland High Performance Fencing Club), Matt Stanley (late)(Whangarei Swords).
Apologies: Peter Butler
Confirmation of the Previous Minutes: Minutes approved.
Rhys gave a report on fund raising. Venue opportunities outlined –Sub-committee (Rhys and Peter) to continue the search. Trusts is an adequate tournament and storage venue for now.
Treasurer presented her report which was approved. There is current balance of $49,000. Of that, $12,000 (from Auckland Council), has to be spent on fabric pistes.
Audit of accounts
The AGM discussion led to agreement not to have an audit. The Constitution needs a general review. On-going audit requirements can be addressed as part of that.
Maja Saran appointed Head of Tournaments for 2021.
Rhys Greensill appointed Fund Raising Office for 2021.
This was a success with 72 separate entries with a number of first-time tournament fencers. $2,430 revenue gained. There will be some profit. Could be a good event going forward and a good format (with novice and expert options making it more accessible to more).
Report of Head of Tournaments for 2020
Maja presented her report which was accepted. There are some important learnings in this report and it is attached.
There was discussion with purchase of a Fencing Time Server Multi pack to be progressed. Maja to present a budget for this at the next meeting.
David outlined the draft 2021 Tournament Programme. This will be finalised following confirmation around venues. Dates suitable for a Whangarei tournament will be discussed further. There are also FENZ supported training camps in January. See below.
Health and Safety
Maja Saran advised of a reported incident (bruise) at the Bauble Ensemble. David (as Health and Safety Officer) will report in to FENZ. No further action required.
There are to be a series of camps, run by regions, which will be supported by FeNZ financially. The Fencing North camp will take place in late January 2021 for 4 days. There will be a Fencing Central camp in early January. Affiliation fees (to include a one-event fee) is an on-going discussion. The National Tournament Calendar for 2021 is set. How and what team selections there will be for 2021 is under discussion.
Goals for 2021
There was a discussion about setting goals. The next meeting will look at everyone’s ideas.
Committee Meeting dates
Last Monday of each month at 7pm. Zoom as the default option. In person meetings can be held by agreement.
Ben to develop a draft, updated Constitution. This with a view to introducing it at the next AGM.
Massey University sabre tournament
20th December 2020 (Sunday). Massey University Recreation centre from 10am-4pm. The entry fee remains $50 with a free complete Sabre for the first 20 entries. Further details will be released soon on MUAFF Facebook page.
Meeting Closed: 9:00pm
Please see the below from the FIE President on 2021 International Competitions
1. 2021 Junior and Cadet Zonal Championships
The Junior and Cadet Zonal Championships gather a relatively large number of athletes,
many of whom are minors. The current situation linked to COVID-19 (including flight
fluctuations and restrictions, border access, health measures) is making participation in
these Championships very difficult, and some organisers had to renounce.
Therefore, after consulting the Presidents of the Confederations, the FIE Executive
Committee has decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the Junior and Cadet Zonal
In the near future, the Executive Committee will review the issue of points and rankings for
2. Resuming competitions
Several organisers had to cancel the competitions that were scheduled to be held in
February and others have indicated their willingness to organise competitions. But the
various current restrictions do not allow solutions to be found that are equitable for all
federations. The Executive Committee has therefore decided not to hold competitions
before March 2021.
3. Qualification competitions of March 2021 for the Tokyo Olympic Games
Following on from discussions and work with a number of federations and as some
organisers had to renounce, the Executive Committee has decided to optimize the
organisation of these events and to minimize the travels for federations. As a result, each
weapon (both men and women) will be held in one country and the dates have been slightly
These competitions are therefore planned as follows:
- Sabre World Cups (men and women): Budapest (HUN), 10-14 March
- Epée World Cups (men and women): Kazan (RUS), 19-23 March
- Foil Grand Prix (men and women): Doha (QAT), 26-28 March
We will monitor the situation very closely as it develops. If necessary, decisions and arrangements
will be made, and you will be immediately informed.
4. FIE outline of risk-mitigation requirements for national fencing federations and
competition organisers in the context of COVID-19 (FORMIR- COVID-19)
The Executive Committee has approved the attached updated FIE outline of risk-mitigation
All amendments in the document have been highlighted.
This document is also available on the FIE website: https://fie.org/fie/documents/other-documents,
as well as a brief summary of the outline.
The document’s amendments include provision for a safety plan before and during the competitions, as
well as one PCR test, in the host country of the competition, for all participants.