Fencing NZ has recently been working with the NZOC to publish the Selection Criteria for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The NZOC has strict selection criteria that require evidence that NZ athletes are capable of finishing in the top 16 in Paris to be selected as part of the NZ Team.
To this end, the full NZOC Fencing selection criteria for Paris 2024 will be published shortly on the NZOC website https://www.olympic.org.nz/games/paris-2024/selection/
In summary, selection is in five stages:
1) A fencer must apply for and be confirmed to be on the FeNZ Olympic 2024 long list. [More details from Fencing NZ to follow later this year]
2) A fencer must be invited by the FIE to attend the Olympics (by way of rankings or by winning the Asia Oceania Zonal selection event)
3) A Fencer must finish in at least one top 32 at a senior World Cup or Grand Prix event to progress the selection process [*see document for specifics]
4) A fencers must provide evidence, by way of results, training & commitment to Fencing NZ selectors that they stand a chance of making the top 16 at the Olympics
5) Fencing NZ will then make a case to the NZOC for the FIE selection to be confirmed by the NZOC
It should be noted in the past that NZ fencers have passed the early stages of this process, but not been able to convince the NZOC to confirm their FIE selection (stage 5) due to the lack of evidence on being at a sufficiently high standard.
We wish fencers to dare to dream big, to focus on the training to achieve your goals and good luck.