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  1. Thread: Poole order?

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    Your maths is correct. However, you would...

    Your maths is correct. However, you would probably remark that is was strange if you occupied the same position three times in a row (whether that position was 1st, 4th or 6th or whatever). And the...
  2. Thread: EYCs

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    You are confusing eligibility to represent...

    You are confusing eligibility to represent England with being a member of England Fencing.

    As members of EF, they can enter EF competitions.

    There is no reason that entry to the competition...
  3. Thread: EYCs

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    Certainly in the past, the sole criteria for...

    Certainly in the past, the sole criteria for entry to the EYC was membership of England Fencing.

    (And being the right age and gender of course).
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    This thread represents all the worst side of the...

    This thread represents all the worst side of the forum.

    People are free to parade their prejudices and utter ignorance of the facts in public, and since no sensible employer will ever discuss...
  5. Thread: EYCs

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    I think I am right in saying that in 2013 I...

    I think I am right in saying that in 2013 I announced 17 of the 18 finals in the same way that I had done every previous year. Unfortunately I missed one due to a communications cock up in the back...
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    Well done James, and the coaches, performance...

    Well done James, and the coaches, performance team etc - and don't forget the family who have been supporting him for these last 13 years or so. Big up to them too. :)
  7. Sorry Gildas, you must be mistaken. None of those...

    Sorry Gildas, you must be mistaken. None of those young ladies would qualify for the Vets.
  8. Thread: BYC Results

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    You can "make a club responsible" for doing...

    You can "make a club responsible" for doing anything you like.

    The question is who enforces that responsibility, and using what mechanisms and sanctions.

    One of the things that always struck me...
  9. Thread: BYC Results

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    Oh lord, I almost agree with Ron. At Senior...

    Oh lord, I almost agree with Ron.

    At Senior and Junior level Ron, I am inclined to agree. With the exception of the nationals, the big opens do not, for the most part, give the same level of...
  10. Thread: BYC Results

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    Only if you take it personally. A lot of what...

    Only if you take it personally.

    A lot of what is being discussed is speculative, and is is difficult to back up assertions with empirical evidence.

    So essentially, we have a lot of competing...
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    And now I have spattered tea all over my nice new...

    And now I have spattered tea all over my nice new keyboard!

    Shame on you PE!
  12. Thread: BYC Results

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    Fortunately, it being a free country, people who...

    Fortunately, it being a free country, people who think that there is a strong demand for a different type of competition are entirely free to set up such an event, and to test their hypothesis.
  13. Thread: BYC Results

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    Just for info, the EYC timing was originally set...

    Just for info, the EYC timing was originally set in the summer because at the time of its renaissance, the BYCs were in Jan (Foil) and Feb (epee and sabre).

    We also deliberately chose odd numbered...
  14. Thread: BYC Results

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    You can always find individual circumstances to...

    You can always find individual circumstances to argue against change.

    What you can't see is the beneficial circumstances which might have accrued from that change had it been implemented earlier....
  15. Thread: BYC Results

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    I have to agree with Chris, 900+ fencers in 24...

    I have to agree with Chris, 900+ fencers in 24 categories over a 3 day weekend is well within the logistical capacity of BF's resources. EF regularly do circa 700 in 18 categories over 2 days.

    It...
  16. Thread: BYC Results

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    I have always found it dead easy to run someone...

    I have always found it dead easy to run someone elses competition from the comfort of my armchair.

    :)
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    Its a culture change that is required. At the...

    Its a culture change that is required.

    At the risk of sounding like one of the four yorkshiremen, back when I were a lad, if I misbehaved on a school trip, my only concern was preventing my...
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    The costs are not primarily financial - although...

    The costs are not primarily financial - although these can arise when cases are endlessly challenged and appealed, and counter accusations are made.

    The biggest cost is the vast amount of time and...
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    I think that the cost/parental availability thing...

    I think that the cost/parental availability thing will probably break-even in terms of which children are encouraged or discouraged from attending events.

    In the past, I think that (very broadly)...
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    A fair point, and I am probably looking backwards...

    A fair point, and I am probably looking backwards though whatever is the opposite of rose-coloured spectacles.

    My parental experience is almost entirely foil, and I can't honestly complain about...
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    The EF trips are U15, and as I stated in my...

    The EF trips are U15, and as I stated in my earlier post, esprit de corp is easier to achieve at that age, because it often the first foreign even for most of the fencers, and because 13 and 14yr...
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    That whole "esprit de corps" thing is more in the...

    That whole "esprit de corps" thing is more in the imagination of the armchair theorist than in reality.

    There is a bit at U15 to be fair, but by U17 there is a mix of existing friendships built up...
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    I am one of a relatively small handful of people...

    I am one of a relatively small handful of people who have been cadet parent, team manager and NGB official.

    Now retired from active duty, I can say what I think openly.

    I am not in the least...
  24. British Fencing Appoints Georgina Usher as Chief Executive Officer

    British Fencing Appoints Georgina Usher as Chief Executive Officer

    Excellent choice.
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    Outstanding result for Yas - the best England...

    Outstanding result for Yas - the best England result since Alex Savin won it, and the best girls result since we started going to the event.
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