Women's sabre has just been sanctioned by the Canadian Fencing Federation
this year. Altho it has been fenced regularly on the eastern varsity
ciruit in Canada, it has attracted little attention in regular competitive
circles. All the women on the National rankings in sabre are from the
East (Ont, Que, The Maritimes). In the West only one province - Saskatchewan -
offers it at tournaments, and even here it has only been run once, and then
there weren't enough entries to make it worth points (min. 6 entries to
be a points-gathering tournament).
I'm very interested in hearing what sort of experience others have had
with Women's Sabre. To the best of my knowledge it is not yet FIE sanctioned.
My coach just shrugs and says "if it isn't an Olympic weapon what's the point?"
and points to declining numbers of women in epee as being far more important
than trying to encourage Women's Sabre. What do other people think? Is WS an
important weapon, or does anyone really care?