Central Training Camp
Guidance to Fencing Activities in COVID-19 Alert Level 2
Sport NZ Covid-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines allow for sports, including contact sports, to resume if they are compliant with public health measures. This means that sports can only resume where good contact tracing is possible and hygiene measures,
particularly washing and drying of hands and regular sanitising of equipment and surfaces, are in place.
Sport NZ has confirmed that the gathering maximum of 10 within an indoor facility applies to all community sport. Therefore, all fencing clubs are required to restrict their attendees including fencers, spectators, coaches and officials to 10 persons at any one time.
All fencing clubs wishing to operate under COVID19 Alert Level 2 are responsible for meeting these guidelines and implementing the necessary procedures to comply with the public health measures. Clubs that open are subject to the following regulations:
- Gatherings within the indoor facility must be restricted to a maximum of 10 people at any one time until further notice (or fewer, according to the safe limit for the chosen venue). This includes fencers, spectators, coaches and officials and any other persons present within the facility.
- Nobody should be admitted to the venue who is unwell or displaying any respiratory symptoms, and anyone expecting a test or awaiting a test result must be excluded.
- A contact tracing record must be kept of all those attending the venue, whether they are spectators, coaches, officials or participants.
- Hand washing/sanitising facilities must be provided on entry to and exit from the venue and are also available for use during the Club activity.
- No sharing of equipment is permissible during the Club activity.
- Loan equipment (eg masks, gloves and clothing) need to be sanitised between users and between Club activities. Surfaces within the venue should be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
- Fencers and coaches should maintain a 2m separation when off piste.
- Non-participants/spectators maintain 2m separation from each other at all times.
Checklist for Clubs
To assist Clubs, Fencing NZ has drafted a checklist for Clubs to complete with procedures implemented to comply with the regulations. The checklist includes examples of steps that could be used, but each Club should identify its own solution for each area. This checklist should be copied to your Regional Secretary and be displayed at the venue. The Checklist and Contract Tracing Form can be found under Health & Safety Documentation.
It is expected that the gathering limit could be increased to 100 persons in a few weeks, at which time full Club activities and regional competitions should be able to re-start. At that point this checklist will be reviewed and updated. Organisers of Club and regional competitions will need to keep a close watch on Ministry of Health and Sport NZ guidelines including when we enter COVID19 alert level 1.
These guidelines are based on those published by Sport NZ; link here.
With respect to contact tracing registers, personal information about each participant of any Club activity must be recorded in an electronic or on-line register for the sole purpose of contact tracing ONLY. This information should be accessible to the Ministry of Health at all times for contact tracing purposes for up to 4 weeks from the date of activity. The register must be kept in a safe way in accordance with the Club’s privacy requirements.
See https://sportnz.org.nz/covid-19/sector-advice/contact-tracing/ which links to a spreadsheet example, and includes suggested wording to ensure registrants know why and how the personal information is used.
Clubs are encouraged to display guidance and important public health advice. Posters can be downloaded from the COVID19.govt.nz/resources/posters website about hand washing, physical distancing and staying home if unwell.
Postponement of New Zealand U15 and Cadet Championships
2020 Fencing Central Affiliations
Please ensure that you renew your affiliation to Fencing Central for the 2020 season before 31st March 2020 to ensure that you are eligible to compete at tournaments, attend training camps, and receive a national ranking.
To renew your affiliation, please go to https://dev.fencing.org.nz and select the appropriate membership type:
Fencing Central associate
Membership for non-fencers who want to be members and support our organisation.
$30.00 per year
Competitive under 18 and tertiary student
Membership for fencers under 18 and tertiary students who want to enter competitions or go to training camps.
$65.00 per year
Competitive over 18
Membership for fencers over 18 and not enrolled in tertiary courses who want to enter competitions or go to training camps.
$85.00 per year
This contribution is essential to the success of fencing in New Zealand and the Central region, by funding the development and provision of fencing, training and competitions, the availability of equipment, and support roles such as committees and commissions, referees, coaches.
Please note that for the 2021 season, Fencing Central will be updating its affiliations to align with the other regions in New Zealand. This means that your affiliation will run from 1st January to 31st December from 2021 onward, rather than the current 1st April to 31st March.
Elected 2020 Fencing Central Committee
- President - Nicole Martin
- Secretary - Brett Holland
- Treasurer - Stephen Petersen
- Youth Rep - Elizabeth Little
- Committee Members - Jules Congalton, Vicci Lamb, Jo Little, Nathan Newton