There is a plethora of competition opportunities available in New Brunswick and the Atlantic region for UNB fencers.
Fencing competitions are divided into several categories based on age, weapon, and gender. These categories are:
U11 - For competitors below the age of 11, this event is generally only held for the Foil weapon.
U13 - For competitors below the age of 13, this event is generally only held for the Foil weapon.
U15 - For competitors below the age of 15, this event is held for all three fencing weapons.
Cadet - For competitors below the age of 17, this event is held for all three fencing weapons.
Junior - For competitors below the age of 20, this event is held for all three fencing weapons.
Senior/Open - For competitors of any age, this event is held for all three fencing weapons.
Veterans - For competitors older than 40, this event is held for all three fencing weapons.
Novice - For competitors of any age, this event can be held for all three fencing weapons, where competitors are restricted based on prior competition experience.
These events are typically mixed gender in the Atlantic Region but can be separated into gender categories in the event that there are at least six competitors of each gender.
Eligibility to compete
In order to compete at a tournament in Canada you must be a member of the Provincial and National fencing associations. Registering with these organizations is simple and can be completed online at http://fencing.ca/purchase-a-cff-licence/.
For UNB club members, competition equipment is provided free of charge but must be signed out prior to the event. The club does not, however, provide fencing pants (Breaches) and, as such, competitors should ensure that they are wearing pants suitable for fencing (i.e. any long pants that are made of sturdy material and are not "tear-aways").
National Sanctioning and Competition
Several tournaments in the Atlantic region are sanctioned by the Canadian Fencing Federation (CFF), meaning that the results of these tournaments will contribute to the national fencer rankings. Fencers who wish to actively pursue competitive fencing should participate in these events, as your national ranking will determine your eligibility to compete at National Championships and Canada Cups.
A schedule of Atlantic Canadian fencing tournaments can be found here.