Fencing was approved once again as part of the Ontario Winter Games. This year, 96 athletes will be competing in competing in 6 events, for a total of 16 athletes per event.
Categories: U15 (Born 2007 or later)
Minimum age: Athlete must be 12 years old by the date of the Games (March 3, 2022)
Individual: U15MF, U15WF, U15WE, U15ME, U15MS, U15WS
Athletes do not need to be enrolled in the Youth Development Program to qualify for the Ontario Winter Games. However, fully-registered YDP athletes ($500 fully paid by December 15, 2021) are able to register for OWG qualifier competitions free of charge.
Exclusions: The OFA has determined that, as in previous years, the goal of the 2022 Ontario Winter Games is to encourage athletes to pursue higher level competition. As such any athlete who has represented Canada internationally at a European circuit, World Cup, Pan-Am Championships or World Championships will be excluded from competing at the OWG, as they are already competing at a much higher level.
The following is a list of OWG qualifying competitions as of November 11th, 2021. Other locations as well as current unknown dates for listed events will be added as the OFA and host clubs finalize details. Coaches and athletes are encouraged to check back here for updates.
In order to ensure participation from across the province, OFA has determined that nine (9) of the sixteen (16) spots per event would be assigned to the three (3) top athlete from each of the three regions regardless of their overall ranking. The remaining seven (7) spots will be assigned to top athletes based on the overall points obtained in the qualifying events regardless of region.
The OFA is working with local clubs to ensure that each region has at least two OWG qualification competitions for all weapons. However, all eligible athletes can register for any competition in any region, and are not limited to the competitions in their home region.
Regions are as defined as on the OFA Website: West (23 registered clubs), Central (24 registered clubs); East (15 registered clubs). For the purpose of OWG, North (2 registered clubs) will be part of the East for a total of 17 registered clubs.
Athletes’ top results in the U15 event at each of the above competitions will qualify. Final rankings will be based on a combination of the athlete’s best three competition results out of the identified competitions.
Qualifying events will be sanctioned by the OFA. A minimum of six fencers (not combined) per age and gender category is required. However, some events have had fewer than 6 fencers. In order to be fair to these fencers, points will be given to fencers in mixed events, based on their gender ranking. In other words, if there is a mixed event with 6 fencers, the following points will be awarded:
Gold female (32 points)
Silver male (32 points – highest ranking male)
Bronze male (24 points)
2nd Bronze male (24 points)
5th place female (24 points – 2nd highest ranking female)
6th place male (16 points)
In the case of a tie for the best 3 out of x total points, rankings will be based upon the following results order:
- Best final ranking result from any of the three competitions
- Best ranking after pools
- Best final ranking from the most recent event
Points grid will be updated on the Games Page within five (5) days of the conclusion of the event.
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