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The CFF apologizes for any confusion caused by the previous notices regarding this matter, but hopes members will appreciate that whilst the original FIE circular was very general, the application of the suspension has proven to be quite complex to specify accurately. Following the pressing request of a member who is seeking further clarification, the bulletin has been redrafted as follows:

Please note that following the recent FIE decision to suspend the use of all Leon Paul (LP) epee blades manufactured between 2013-2015, the CFF Technical Commission has decided to follow suit and also disallow their use at the forthcoming CFF Junior-Cadet Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.

The blades referred to in the FIE SEMI report on which this decision was based were identified as type SR-71 with the V-profile, however, the suspension announced by the FIE must be interpreted to mean all blades manufactured by Leon Paul between 2013 and 2015.

Therefore be advised that no weapon bearing those blades will be accepted at weapon check. This does not include any Leon Paul blades manufactured before 2013, nor does it cover the Blaise Freres (BF) blades that can be purchased through Leon Paul.

This decision does not extend to the bayonet connection body wire, also subject of a ban by the FIE, as CFF competitions do not make use of wireless apparatus and the issue is not safety related.

2015 Queen's Birthday Honour - Helen Smith AM

The Australian Government has awarded our President Helen Smith with a membership of the Order of Australia (AM).

Photo of Helen Smith AMThe official citation for the award is:

Ms Helen Leslie SMITH
Williamstown Vic 3016
For significant service to fencing as an Olympic athlete, coach and mentor, and through a range of leadership and administrative roles.

IMPORTANT travel information for 2015 Junior and Cadet Championships

Anyone planning to travel to South Africa for the Championships should read the important travel information - especially the requirements for minors travelling in and out of South Africa.

Fencing was included in the Commonwealth Games from 1950 (when the event was still known as the British Empire Games) through to 1970.

Since that time, as a Commonwealth Games Federation Recognised Sport, Commonwealth Fencing Open Championships have been held every four years, in the same year as the Commonwealth Games.

In addition, Commonwealth Fencing Junior Championships are held every three years, and Commonwealth Fencing Veteran Championships every two years.

All of these events are overseen by the Commonwealth Fencing Federation.



10-17 July 2015
Junior & Cadet Fencing Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. A full timetable and accommodation suggestions are now available.
See also the official website.

17-20 November 2016 (TBC)
Veteran Fencing Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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