Member Protection

Fencing SA (FSA) is committed to providing a safe, fair and inclusive environment for all of its members and participants engaging in FSA activities.

It is a fundamental right of our members and participants to be treated with respect and dignity, and to be safe and protected from discrimination, harassment and abuse while participating in our sport.

FSA has adopted the Australian Fencing Federation (AFF)'s Member Protection Policy, this can be accessed here.

This policy aims to ensure that all people engaging in fencing activities maintain responsible behaviour so that everyone can participate in a positive environment and enjoy the sport.


Member Protection Information Officers (MPIOs) play an important role in sport. They provide information and guidance on complaints procedures - they are the 'go to' person if you want to discuss problems that have arisen, such as concerns or complaints about harassment, abuse, and other inappropriate behaviour.

The primary role of an MPIO is to provide information and moral support to the person with the concern.
MPIOs are trained to:

  • listen and act as a sounding board;
  • clarify basic points and concerns;
  • refer to a sport’s member protection or welfare policy and explain what constitutes inappropriate behaviour;
  • explain the complaint process and options available under a sport’s member protection or welfare policy;
  • discuss any relevant laws and the right to complain to external agencies; and
  • monitor and follows up the enquiry or complaint if required.

FSA's outgoing MPIO is Danielle Kurbatfinski, and incoming MPIO is Alison Wotherspoon. They can be contacted at


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