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