Fencing is a sport which can be continued throughout life: what may be lost in agility and speed can often be made up in experience and cunning.

Veterans’ events are open to any fencer over the age of 40, and the veterans section is thriving at all levels. The European Veterans Fencing Committee (EVFC) was set up in 1991 to promote participation by older fencers, and to give them a wider range of competitive opportunities.

2016 European Championships - ME Final

Veterans Tournaments

Recent years have seen new competitions restricted to those over forty years of age. These Veterans events include an officially recognised World Championship and European Championship, with different age categories for fencers over 40, over 50, over 60, and over 70. Large overseas events are increasingly adding a veteran event to the schedule, and Ireland participates in a number of team competitions for veterans, including the Veteran Four Nations and the Celtic Challenge.

Check out the Fencing Ireland Veterans Calendar for inspiration on upcoming camps and competitions.


Veteran Fencing in Ireland

Fencing Ireland established a Veterans Committee in March 2008 to lead the co-ordination of fencing events for veterans. Our veterans’ committee is affiliated to the EVFC and aims to promote participation at domestic and overseas events from fencers over 40.

Veterans Committee: Michael Ryan (chair), Eric Kemp, Yvonne Murphy, Tom Rafter


Recent Representation

Consideration for veterans events is on an opt-in basis, so please contact the Veterans Committee if you are interested in taking part!

European Championships (25-28 May 2017)

Men’s Foil: Evgeniy Kazantsev (Pembroke FC), Philip Lee (Pembroke FC)
Women’s Épée: Anna-Lise Mion (Brian Boru FC)

Veteran Four Nations – Dublin, Ireland (6 May 2017)

Épée Foil Sabre
MENS Rory Greenan
Stephan Munn
Duncan Salter
Shane Whelan
Patrick Dight
Adrian Lee
Philip Lee
Marc Lepere
Trevor Nesirky
Karol Staniewski
WOMENS Virginie Gautier
Laurie Laschetti
Marie McGinnity
Anna Lise Mion
Kathrin Chambers
Anna Lise Mion
Gillian Worman
Caroline Clancy
Una de Bhuinn
Virginie Gautier

World Championships (15 October 2016)

Men’s Foil: Adrian Lee, Philip Lee 

Celtic Challenge – Dublin, Ireland (23-24 July 2016)

Épée Foil Sabre
MENS Patrick Lynch
William McCartney
Tom Rafter
Michael Ryan
Duncan Salter
Shane Whelan
Patrick Dempsey
Philip Lee
Duncan Salter
David Sweeney
Marc Lepere
Marcos Simpson
WOMENS Celene Donaghy
Mary Fahy Deshe
Fiona Haldane
Laurie Laschetti
Marie McGinnity
Anna Lise Mion
Laurie Laschetti
Anna Lise Mion
Caroline Clancy
Una de Bhuinn
Brienin Harron
Cliona McCabe

European Championships for Teams – Medway, UK (5-8 May 2016)

Men’s Épée [GV]: Eric Kemp, Patrick Lynch, Tom Rafter, Michael Ryan
Women’s Épée [V]: Kathrin Chambers, Marie McGinnity, Anna-Lise Mion

Veteran Four Nations – Durham, England (9 April 2016)

Épée Foil Sabre
MENS Stephan Munn
Duncan Salter
Shane Whelan
Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dight
Philip Lee
Patrick Dight
Trevor Nesirky
tbc
WOMENS Fiona Haldane
Laurie Laschetti
Marie McGinnity
Anna Lise Mion
Laurie Laschetti
Anna Lise Mion
Gillian Worman
Caroline Clancy
Una de Bhuinn
Annelise Whitaker