Novice Fencers

NSWFA runs Novice competitions in all three weapons, specifically for beginner and inexperienced fencers.


NSW fencers are eligible to enter Novice competitions for their first two years of competitive fencing, unless within the first two years they achieve one of the following:

  • Place in the top 3 of the Novice State Championships
  • Have won the Novice of the Year (Technical Director’s discretion)
  • Are selected to represent NSW in the National Championships (age or open)

Entrants in Novice competitions must be either registered or affiliated with the NSWFA Inc. Registration is a less expensive option, but only entitles the fencer to compete in Novice and certain age-based competitions. Registration can be upgraded to affiliation if the fencer later decides they want to compete in a broader range of events.

Affiliation/registration can be done online via our Register/Pay portal.

Open Competitions

Novice fencers should note that it is not necessary to “graduate” from Novice before entering other NSWFA competitions. “Open” competitions are available to all fencers, of any standard.


Entry fees are $25 per competition.

All NSWFA competition entries and fencer registrations are done via our online Register/Pay portal.

Entries may also be made in person on the day of the competition, but a surcharge will be applied. No surcharge will apply to second entries made on the day of the event.


All NSWFA Novice Competitions are fenced using electrical apparatus.

It is not necessary to wear FIE standard equipment. However, all competitors must wear full fencing uniform. The only exception in Novice events is that for Foil and Sabre competitions tracksuit pants may be worn instead of fencing breeches. (Breeches are required for all Epee competitions, as legs are part of the target area).

NSW Fencing has some equipment available for hire at Novice competitions.

Competition format

Novice competitions are fenced using the standard competition format, with a round of pools, followed by a Direct Elimination leading to an overall winner. Medals are awarded to the top four fencers.