Celtic Challenge 29th and 30th July 2017
Celtic Challenge  29th and 30th July 2017

Event details 1

Participants and Eligibility

All fencers who are a minimum of 40 years of age at December 31st in the year of the current Celtic Challenge; and in possession of a valid current fencing licence; and eligible to fence for one of the Celtic nations (listed below) are invited to compete. Nations may enter as many fencers as they wish at each individual weapon. 

Participants must be members of their Fencing National body, e.g. British Fencing. Irish Fencing Federation, Federation Francais.


The Celtic nations that contest the Challenge are Asturias, Brittany, Channel Islands, Cornwall, Galicia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, All Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Isles, Scotland, and Wales. A fencer is considered eligible to compete for a nation if he or she meets at least one of the following criteria:


  • Was born in one of the Celtic Nations named above
  • Has a parent or grandparent who was born in one of the Celtic Nations
  • Is permanently resident (or has been previously) in one of the Celtic nations, and lived there for a minimum of three years sequentially and is currently on the electoral roll for that region (or was for the minimum time period) and has previously fenced for the same Celtic Nation.

Please note that fencers must meet the criteria in their own right i.e. they may not claim eligibility through a partner or spouse.

Addendum: Due to an unfortunate error in wording this is to clarify the wording of the residency rule, due to miscommunication this should have read as has now been amended that "previous residency" and "previously fenced for the same Celtic Nation" should have been listed together. This was to allow those who had met the residency rule on previous occasions and had previously fenced in the Celtic challenge to continue to do so if they had to move locations due to a change in circumstances. 

This was agreed by the Clan Chieftans in December 2016.

Format and Rule Amendments

All six weapons are fenced as individual events, taking the form of an individual open: depending on the number of entrants there will be one or two rounds of pools, or a team format poule leading to direct elimination to determine a single victor. Prizes will be awarded at first, second, and joint-third place.

There is also a team prize, which is calculated based on the standings from the individual events. Team managers/captains will be asked to nominate their regional team (in writing) at the beginning of each individual competition, choosing three fencers to represent their nation. At the end of the discipline, the positions of the named fencers will be added together to give a team result. The team with the lowest number of points will be named team champion for that weapon.

These changes to the format have been agreed by the Clan Chieftans.

Mixed teams: comprising of fencers from more than one nation, are permitted.

1. A mixed Barbarian team of one fencer from each Nation, e.g Wales, Scotland, Ireland may win the team prize in their weapon, but their result can not be counted towards their nation’s overall position at the end of the Celtic Challenge.

2. A mixed Team of 2 fencers from ONE Nation may "adopt" a fencer from another Nation; e.g. 2 Scottish and 1 Irish; this team becomes Scottish, they may win the team prize in their weapon category. 

However,  for awarding "Dragon" points towards "Dragon Trophy," the "adopted" fencers position, regardless of whether their position is higher than any other nominated team fencer will be ranked after the last placed 3rd member of all the complete Nation teams, e.g the last placed person in the Wales WF team is placed 10th, the "adopted" fencer for the purposes of points is awarded 11. For the Individual awards 1st to joint 3rd places the "adopted" fencer  will be awarded their individual position if placed there.

E.g. Scotland finish 1st and 3rd, the "adopted" fencer adds 11points to the 4points already added and gives a total of 15, whilst Wales finishes 6th, 8th and 10th, giving them 24 points overall.

The nation with the best overall performance across the six weapons wins "Arturo", the coveted Celtic Dragon Trophy

The Celtic Challenge is a biennial event for veteran (over 40s) fencers, contesting all six weapons in an individual open tournament. There are competitions for both men and women, with one single age class: above 40 years of age.

New for 2017

Master of Arms trophy.

Any competitor who competes in all three weapon categories for their gender will be awarded points for their position, these points will will be totalled and the participant with the lowest number of points will be awarded the Master of Arms trophy. 






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