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    There is a Dedicated Facility i.e. Leon Paul...

    There is a Dedicated Facility i.e. Leon Paul Centre, but those running our International Programme don't want to
    use it.

    Both Ian Williams and Ziemek Wojciechowski now use it for daytime lessons....
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    I am not concerned post 2016 because at the end...

    I am not concerned post 2016 because at the end of the day the sport will survive with or without Lottery Funding. The sport may need to improve its act with more self help. That is certainly how...
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    Maybe I am just fed up with the same excuses and...

    Maybe I am just fed up with the same excuses and claptrap and more importantly suggestion that I am being negative.

    The reality is that the current foil squad has until now received the bulk of UK...
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    You are like a lot of people who criticise me and...

    You are like a lot of people who criticise me and talk a lot bs and contribute absolutely zippo to the sport. That is the problem with fencing in this country. Too many people who have not got a clue...
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    Sabre is not under discussion for 2016, because...

    Sabre is not under discussion for 2016, because there is no team event. 2020 is a long way off. I am not selling
    their prospects, because the mens sabre weapon is dominated by Central and Eastern...
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    I don't disagree with what you say. You need to...

    I don't disagree with what you say. You need to be positive, but also you need to be realistic. Britain are ranked
    10th at moment with 5 European,3 Asian and USA ranked above us.

    Only top 4 teams...
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    John L/Keith Smith I think that it will be...

    John L/Keith Smith

    I think that it will be very difficult for GB Mens Foil to qualify for Rio.

    Leaving aside for a moment that we are the 5th ranked European team and we could possibly move...
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    Finance is of course a major factor in the...

    Finance is of course a major factor in the changes being made on the circuit, but not the ''non payment of bills"

    The BFA has in past taken responsibility for 'nominated national trips' and that...
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    When you wrote your first post I assumed that was...

    When you wrote your first post I assumed that was the case. However, your last post confused the message, which
    is why I responded.
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    I am well aware what is difference between...

    I am well aware what is difference between participation and membership. The point is that BFA membership has
    actually shrunk since its peak and been static in last 2 years based on official...
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    Do you believe the statistics that the sport has...

    Do you believe the statistics that the sport has grown double in 12 months? Do you believe that there are 21,700
    active [4 x month] fencers aged 14 plus in Britain?

    For the record here is current...
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    Let's clear up one point first. Ziemek was not...

    Let's clear up one point first. Ziemek was not sacked, but his contract was not renewed. Also Ziemek was funded for trips abroad until appointment of new National Foil Coach.

    Foiling Around is...
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    The problem that Britain has got at moment is we...

    The problem that Britain has got at moment is we have got two 'competitive' fencers in JD and RK and then need to select a fencer who is ranked 70+ and is at best a last 32 standard fencer.

    From a...
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    The reason that British Fencing's international...

    The reason that British Fencing's international performance is in sharp decline since Graham Watts ceased to be
    Performance Director in 2010 is that the people recruited to run WCP did not have an...
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    Soji lost in last 64 and James reached last 32...

    Soji lost in last 64 and James reached last 32 where he lost to Berre. These are excellent results by two athletes
    who have been until last month unfunded.
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    Yes excellent result. It is his first Grand Prix...

    Yes excellent result. It is his first Grand Prix L64, but it is not his first L64 in major senior event. Last year he made
    L64s which scored FIE ranking points in European and World Championships.
    ...
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    In the aftermath of the Olympics I was...

    In the aftermath of the Olympics I was interviewed by a journalist from the Times. I insisted on responding to
    written questions one of which related to the Board. I made it clear then that whilst I...
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    I attempted to raise this matter at the last AGM,...

    I attempted to raise this matter at the last AGM, but sadly the current Chair and previous CEO refused to allow
    the Performance Director to respond to a series of questions which I presented in...
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    The term 'over represented' is the wrong...

    The term 'over represented' is the wrong statement. What is true is that there are not enough state educated children coming into fencing, but that is also applicable to other sports as well.
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    The rules for EFC and FIE are entirely different....

    The rules for EFC and FIE are entirely different. World Cup and Grand Prix events for Junior and Senior Fencers are open only to International Fencers selected by their Federations and the referees...
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    There is no reason why British Fencers cannot go...

    There is no reason why British Fencers cannot go to non nominated events on the European Cadet Circuit provided that they are registered by BFA and compliant with referee rules. The only issue is...
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    The reality is that parents respond to demands...

    The reality is that parents respond to demands and expectations of sport,club and coaches. Most families are stretched to the limit in time, other siblings activities AND finance.

    Fencing is a...
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    What I think is likely to happen at least in...

    What I think is likely to happen at least in sabre where the nucleus of cadets likely to be competing next season
    in Europe will come primarily from London & South-East,Truro and Stratford is that...
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    The major issue is who will be taking...

    The major issue is who will be taking responsibility for organising referees and who will organise the air tickets,
    hotels and collection of money. The cost of not taking full complement of referees...
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    Correction it is between 9 and 15 fencers....

    Correction it is between 9 and 15 fencers. However, the issue of item 3 must be valid. The question is not clear who will pay for referees if more than 4 fencers per weapon are going.
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