Format of Veteran Championships
The Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championships consists of Individual and Team events for all the three weapons: foil, sabre and epee.
Format of the event may be varied slightly at the discretion of the host federation. Prospective competitors in a Veterans' Championships are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the details provided by the host federation, to ensure they are aware of all exceptions to the standard format.
Athletes must be 40 years or over in the year of the competition (birthday can be after the competition date).
In order to send athletes to the event, a country must be a member of the Commonwealth Veterans' Fencing Association.
There is no limit to the number of athletes a member country may send to the event.
Team events consist of three fencers plus one reserve. Where there are sufficient fencers, a country may enter more than one team in any event.
The age groups in veteran competitions are:
- Age group 40-49: Must be at least 40 years old and less than 50 years old in the year of the competition.
- Age group 50-59: Must be at least 50 years old and less than 60 years old in the year of the competition.
- Age group 60-69: Must be at least 60 years old and less than 70 years old in the year of the competition.
- Age group 70+: Must be at least 70 years old in the year of the competition.
Individual events are normally fenced as a single competition, across all age categories.
Official Commonwealth Games Federation medals are awarded at the Commonwealth Fencing Veteran Championships.
Medals are awarded for first, second and equal third place in the individual events.
In addition, the two highest placed fencers in the 50+, 60+ and 70+ categories will fence off for age medals.
Medals are awarded for first, second and third place in team events. In line with FIE competition rules, there is no "equal third" - after the semi-finals, the two losing teams fence off for third place.
Full details of how the event is run (entry details, seeding, equipment requirements, etc) are found in the Commonwealth Veterans' Fencing Association – Competition Handbook (2010).