Upcoming Events

July 14

TRNG: CFA Summer Camp (CFA)

July 14-18

TRNG: TFC Summer Camp for Beginners/Intermediates (TFC)

July 21-25

TRNG: CFA Summer Camp (CFA)

August 4-8

TRNG: CFA Summer Camp (CFA)

August 5-8

TRNG: Queen’s University Fencing Camp (QFC)

August 11

TRNG: CFA Summer Camp (CFA)

August 11-15

TRNG: TFC Summer HP Training Camp (TFC)

TRNG: Summer Camp Musketeers (SWP)

TRNG: Learn to Fence Day Camp (AJX)

TRNG: Intermediate Advanced Fencing Camp (AJX)

August 16

JFF: Epeedemic (TFC)

August 16-117

TRNG: Referee Development Workshop (West)

August 18-22

TRNG: CFA Summer Camp (CFA)

TRNG: RMCC Pirate Camp (RMC)

TRNG: TFC Summer Camp for Beginners/Intermediates (TFC)

August 25

TRNG: CFA Summer Camp (CFA)

August 25-29

TRNG: MYF Competitive Fencing Camp (MYF)

August 30

JFF: Foiling Around (RYE)

August 27-31

TRNG: RMCC HP Fencing Camp (RMC)

September 6-7

OPN: Toronto Open (TFC)

October 4-5

VET: K-town Vet Challenge (KIN)

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
  • awards

Use these links for more information about Veterans Fencing in Canada and around the world:

www.usaveteransfencing.org/

www.european-veterans-fencing.com/

 www.commonwealthfencing.org/veteran_association.html

 www.fencing.ca/veterans/veterans_home.htm

 NEWS Links

Ontario’s Vets Conquer Commonwealth

Commonwealth Veterans Fencing News

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

Hello Veterans

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.

Thank you
Have a great summer; keep fencing
Best regards to all
Gaby
   

Veterans News January 2014

Happy New Year to all.
I am sure your New Year resolutions are well in place; to fence more, attend more tournaments and keep on fencing.
Once again the Veterans Division of the Canadian Fencing Federation has the pleasure, privilege and opportunity to organize the 4th annual Can/Am Veterans Cup 2014.
This is the premier Veterans tournament in North America.
 
Can/Am Veterans Cup 2014
The Premier Veterans Tournament
May 31 – June 1
Toronto
All weapons, individual and team
Master at Arms Champion Awards
Age group medals awarded
Cash Prizes and much much more;
Gala Dinner and Dance, honouree for outstanding achievement in Veterans fencing.
Special rates event Hotel, steps from venue.
 
 Most of all great fencing and camaraderie
Support and be part of Veterans fencing.
Make this event a success
Participate
 
For brochure, registration forms and more info; Gaby Weisz:  veteranfencer@bellnet.ca

Veteran News July 2011

Hello Veterans:

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

Thornhill, On

L4J 1C6

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

 

UPCOMING NAC’s

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 veteranfencer@bellnet.ca

 

Regards to all

Gaby

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!

Vets Results

NAC “D” Detroit, MI.  March 2011 here