Competition Format

Individual Competition

There will be two rounds of poules followed by direct elimination. 

  • Poule bouts will be to five hits. 
  • Direct elimination bouts will be to 10 hits. 
  • All competitors will fence in two rounds of combined age group pools
  • Direct elimination will then be fenced by age group. i.e.: 40s, 50s, 60s and 70+
  • After the pools, fencers will be ranked and split according to their age-groups and placed in a separate Direct Elimination (DE) tableaux which will be fenced until a winner of the age-group is decided. However, if there are less than six fencers in a particular age-group, the fencers should be combined with the age-group or age-groups below until there are at least six fencers in the combined group. The combined group will then be placed in a DE tableau according to the ranking after the pools & the DE fenced to its conclusion.
  • The age-group winners will be decided after the combined DE or an additional fence-off carried out where two or more fencers in a particular age-group exit the DE tableau at the same stage.
  • Two third medals will be awarded( ie: 3rd =). 

Medals will be awarded for the following categories

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd = for 40 year age group
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd = for 50 year age group
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd  = for 60 year age group
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd =  for 70+ age group


Team Competition

Team matches will total 45 hits. Individual bouts will be to a minimum of 5 hits. 
  • Team members must be the same gender. 
  • Teams are to be made up of a maximum of four fencers.  For all members of the a team to be eligible for a medal, all members of the team must fence during the match
  • Teams will be seeded by individual placings in the individual competition.
  • At least two of the team members must have fenced in the individual competition.
  • Third place will be fenced for. 
  • Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 
  • Teams members should be from the same country. If this is not possible composite country teams may fence. 
  • Each country can only field one team per event. ie: men's foil- one team, women's foil- one team etc
  • Second and Composite country teams will be fenced a seperate competition.
  • Each federation can have more than one team in the secondary event as long as there are enough referees and pistes to accomodate the event. (In this event all members can be from one country or composite)
  • No medals will be awarded in the secondary country team competition.
  • Certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the secondary team competition.
Team Substitution Rule

The new team substitution rule will be applied at this year's Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championships
The rule states...
'After the reserve has been used in a match, the original fencer may be put
back into the team, but only in place of the reserve'