Veterans Fencing in Canada
The Canadian Veterans Division of the Canadian Fencing Federation was begun formally in 2007 after the hugely successful Commonwealth Veterans Championships hosted in Toronto, Ontario, in July of that year.
Almost 100 fencers over 40 years old, initially identified themselves as competitive fencers. Canada joined a growing number of countries and regions around the world with Veterans groups still bit by the fencing bug even though they were long out of their teens and twenties.
Fencing is truly a life-long sport, as is evidenced by these competitive athletes who are keen to travel the world to test their skills, keep fit into their senior years, connect with old and new friends and to just have a blast. with the sport they love.
“Why do people join the veterans fencing organizations? Everyone remarks on the spirit and the atmosphere at the competitions. This comes from our having a common love of fencing and interest in the skill of the sport. Veterans have usually given up the regular competitive circuit but the fencing brain is still there and is as sharp as ever.”
Henry de Silva, Chairman European Veterans Fencing (1991 - 2007)
Veterans competitive age groups are 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80 plus. And yes, There are fencers on the circuit who are into their 90s!
Veterans Fencing in Ontario
Ontario has a growing number of fencers in the Veteran Category, and a growing number of competition organizers are running Veterans events at Ontario Challenge and Just for Fun Events. The majority of Veteran Canadians who travel for competitive events are from Ontario. This year the OFA will be supporting our Veterans in several ways:
- promoting events for Veterans at each competition
- training camp and conference for Ontario Veterans
- officials training and support for Veterans
- web page
Use these links for more information about Veterans Fencing in Canada and around the world:
Commonwealth History Click on result by sport and/or country and they have interesting data going back to 1950. This won’t be of interest to most, but for us old codgers it brings back a few memories.
Veterans News June 2014
The 2014 Can/Am Veterans Cup, at the Noor Centre, Toronto is now in the books.
The event by all accounts (comments at the venue and post event e-mails) was another great success.
150 individual weapons and 20 teams fenced first in overall competition then separated into age groups.
The DT headed by Mr. Thomas Nguyen, once again, did a superb job, keeping the event moving.
From the comments received the judging was more than satisfactory with very few exceptions.
The Gala Tribute Dinner/Dance honouring Mark Ballard for his great achievements in Veterans fencing, was attended by 105 fencers, partners and supporters, at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel.
Jude Offerle, chair of Veterans Committee, USA Fencing, Lucie Hamelin, president of OFA and chair of OFA Veterans along with Brad Goldie, president and CEO of CFF addressed the attendees.
Brad reflected on the state of Veterans fencing in Canada in the past and moving forward with the establishment of the Veterans Committee of the CFF.
His comments were very encouraging.
It will now be up to us Veterans, to use the tools and the co-operation we were given to further
Veterans Fencing in Canada.
Our US fencing family did not disappoint, they attended in large numbers and promised to return in ever larger numbers next year.
The calibre of the competition was very high. Seven world Championship medalists, Several A’s and B’s were in attendance, in all weapons.
Our Canadian Veteran men won 28 medals and our women 9. The US men won 15 medals and US women 27. The total medal count was USA 42, Canada 37.
Kyle Foster (Canada) was Champion at arms for men and Jennette Stark-Faulkner (USA) for women.
We would like to take the opportunity to once again express are thanks and grateful appreciation to our prize sponsors, our many volunteers who spent two full days helping at the venue with registrations, food service, weapons control and keeping the floor orderly.
Thank you to our referees.
The priority of the Veterans Committee in the coming years will be to increase veterans participation.
Lack of participants has been our major problem in the past and is still prevalent.
We shall do our best to overcome.
Full results of the Can/Am Veterans Cup are posted on the OFA, USFA and CFF sites.
Have a great summer; keep fencing
Best regards to all
Veterans News January 2014
Veteran News July 2011
Last year we had over 45 attending our annual fundraising BBQ.
Lets do better this year!
If you are unable to attend please send your donation to c/o G. Weisz
36 Thornridge Dr
Cheques payable to: Canadian Fencing Federation /Veterans Division
Donations of $25.00 and over are tax receitable.
If you attend $20.00/p.p. cash
December 9-12, 2011 Kansas City, MO
March 16-19, 2012 Cincinnati, OH
Registration deadline fast approaching:
VETERANS WORLD FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Porec, Croatia September 27 - October 2, 2011
Join the Canadian team email@example.com
Regards to all
Veterans News May 2011
April 21-25 2011: Coupe Curacao
June 11-12 2011: Edmonton Veterans Cup
Sept. 27-Oct 2 2011: Veteran’s World Fencing Championships, Porec Croatia
2011 Can-Am Cup
Please click here for details on the 2011 Can-Am Cup!
NAC “D” Detroit, MI. March 2011 here