The Kingston Fencing Club in Ontario, Canada announced the CAN/AM Veteran’s Cup. The event, which will be held May 14th and 15th, is open to Veteran age fencers, those aged 40+, and will feature foil and sabre events on Saturday with epee on Sunday.
For the over 40 crowd there are just a few Vet events open. There are the Vet NACs and a few scattered tournaments other than the regular Opens and Div II or Div III classification-restricted tournaments.
As an added benefit, this tournament is offering prize money! $350 for gold, $200 for silver, and $100 for bronze.
The Detroit NAC is in March and this event is in May, so there’s enough time to recover and be ready, at least based on my own training cycle from the first Veteran NAC of the 2010-2011 season.
Event costs will be roughly equivilant to a NAC. The event is catering to the Vet crowd with a cocktail hour put in on Saturday night. (I fence foil, so that would be a nice way to cap off a day of fencing.)
The event page tells more about the location:
The City of Kingston, nestled in the scenic 1000 Islands tourist area, was the first capital of Canada. Known now for its historic limestone buildings, its natural surrounding beauty, fine dining and exciting night life, Kingston is a very popular tourist destination. Located conveniently half-way between Toronto and Montreal and two hours south of the Ottawa International Airport and two hours north of Syracuse Airport, Kingston is easily accessible by car, train or airplane. Norman RogersAirport is located 15 minutes west of downtown.
Friday May 13th
Pre-registration at venue from 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Saturday May 14th
M & W Foil : 8.30 am start
M & W Sabre: 8.30 am Start
Team events in both weapons will commence 1/2 hour after the completion of individuals. A minimum of three teams will be required in order to run this event.
6.30 pm cocktails, 7.00 pm dinner, 8.30 pm awards
Sunday May 15th
M & W Epee: 8.30 am start
Team epee events will commence 1/2 hour after the completion of individuals. A minimum of three teams will be required in order to run this event.
Required gear: Fencing uniforms don’t need to be FIE to fence in this event. The event page states that the fencing uniform must be a minimum 350NW and FIE is recommended, but not required.
As of today (Jan 26th) the airfare from Atlanta to Kingston is looking like $700 to $800, which would put this trip well above the cost of a NAC. Hitting Toronto or Montreal puts the flight cost at $400 – $500, plus a couple of hours in the car and weekend auto rental can save a little bit of dough.
I’m intrigued by this event. It’s nice to see another Vet event outside of the Veteran NACs. Having the event in a more major hub would, I’m sure, help get more people there so we’ll have to see how this one turns out.
To make this event a success, we need your commitment to participate.
* Venue: Queen’s University, Main Gym, Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
* Age Qualification: 40+
* All weapons, Individual and Team
* CASH PRIZES to medalist
* Unique medals cast for this event
* Participating Diplomas to all
Welcome package to all
* T-shirts (for purchase)
* Gala Dinner
* MOST OF ALL GREAT FENCING
CAN/AM Cup Event Page: https://event-manager.compete-at.com/Manager/event/home.do?eid=3416