2018 Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2018 - Scotland Team Selection Criteria

The 2018 Commonwealth Federation Fencing Championships will take place in Canberra, Australia from 10 – 15 November 2018.

Scottish Fencing aims to select up to five fencers at each weapon.

Selection will be informed by GB rankings as at 1st July 2018.

To be eligible for selection for the Team a fencer must;

  • Be a member of Scottish Fencing
  • Be eligible to represent Scotland as described in the Scottish Fencing Eligibility Criteria


Document and the rules of the Commonwealth Fencing Federation:

(Fencers who do not hold a UK passport; or are relying on a residence qualification; or have previously represented another nation may require a dispensation from the Commonwealth Fencing Federation.  Applications must be lodged before 8 May 2018.  Such fencers should make their circumstances known to Scottish Fencing as soon as possible.)

In addition you must have:

  • Been a member of Scottish Fencing for at least a year at the time of selection.
  • Represented Scotland at the 5 Nations Championships in 2017 if selected (unless taking part in an event which they are required to in relation to qualifying for GB teams, or unavailable due to certified injury or illness)
  • Participated in the 2017 Scottish Open.  Considerations will be made for extenuating circumstances and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Fencers who are excused from participation in the 2017 Scottish Open must participate in another open event in Scotland during the qualifying period in order to be considered for selection.
  • Participate in Scottish Team Squad training weekends. Considerations will be made for extenuating circumstances and will be considered on a case-by-case.

The selection criteria are:

  • The top 3 fencers within the top 32, or top 10% (whichever is less) of the GB Senior Rankings will be automatic selections.
  • Remaining selections will be discretionary and decided by a panel of Selectors.  The Selection Panel will exercise their discretion based upon factors including, but not limited to, ranking, performance (Senior, Junior or Cadet, and team), experience, fitness or injury status and potential. 
  • Automatic selections and the decisions made by the Selection Panel will be passed to the SF Board for ratification before announcement.
  • At the end of the selection period, fencers will be invited to declare their availability for selection.  Fencers will be responsible for providing all relevant information in support of discretionary selection.
  • It will be the responsibility of any fencer whose ranking has been adversely affected by an inability to compete to inform the Scottish Fencing Director for Team Selection and to demonstrate their fitness prior to selection.
  • The only grounds for appeal will be either a material inaccuracy in the rankings used for selection, or the application of this selection policy.  Fencers are responsible for reporting ranking inaccuracies to the specific weapon ranking co-ordinator.  Any such appeal should be made in writing to the Scottish Fencing Administrator at the Scottish Fencing office within two weeks of the publication of the relevant rankings on the British Fencing website.

Appeals will be decided by the Scottish Fencing Board whose decision shall be final.

Updated: May 2017