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European Championship – Terni, Italy, September 2018

Dimitri Coutya – European Champion

The team went to Terni in buoyant mood. It paid off with a European title for Dimitri Coutya in the Cat B Epee to add to his World title from the previous year. He also added a bronze medal in Foil. Piers Gilliver was forced to settle for a Silver medal in Cat A Epee, in a repeat of the 2017 World Championship final against Shaburov of Russia. Gemma Collis-McCann had 2 L16 places in Foil and Epee.

The Men’s  Foil  team of Piers, Dimitri, Josh and Ollie were placed 5th.

Peter Rome giving the team briefing prior to competing

The men’s foil team with coaches Peter Rome and Ben Peggs

World Cup Warsaw Success

In July 2018 GB sent fencers to Warsaw for the Senior World Cup, and the Junior World Championships. It was a successful campaign with Dimitri Coutya picking up 2 gold medals in Cat B Epee and Foil, and Piers Gilliver collecting gold in Cat A Epee and bronze in Sabre. The men’s foil team of Piers, Dimitri, Josh Waddell and Ollie Lam-Watson took the silver medal, the first team medal in foil since Adam was a lad. 

There were also some good performances by the other fencers. Most notably Shah Rashid was placed 5th in the Cat B Sabre.

In the Junior World Championships Josh Waddell won a silver medal in the mixed nations epee team event.   


Dimitri with his two medals and two swords presented to the champions

Piers getting his gold medal.

Team Silver

Shah Rashid on his way to a 5th place

British Fencing Awards 2018

In September our fencers and lead coach had the honour of being recognised in the British
Fencing Awards of 2018, with Peter Rome winning the ‘Performance Coach of the Year’,
Peter Rome
and making the lists of ‘nalists were Dimitri Coutya in the ‘Athlete of the Year’ category and
Jonathan Collins in the ‘Sports Personality of the Year”
Jonathan Collins

National Championships 2018

In June 2018 our fencers competed in their National Championships, which also included a
National Novice Challenge for the newcomers to the sport.
In the National Championships the winners were Piers Gilliver in Cat A Epee, Foil and Sabre.
Piers also won outright the Master at Arms award.
In the Cat B event the winner was Shah Rashid who took all three titles.
In the women’s events, Gemma Collis-McCann took the Women’s Cat A triple. Justine Moore took the
Women’s Cat B triple.
In the Novice Challenge Emily Holder took Gold in the mixed Foil and Epee. Jonathan Collins
won the Sabre.
Congratulations to all our fencers.

Montreal World Cup 2018

Gold for Gemma

Gemma Collis-McCann and Oliver Lam-Watson produced career best performances to bring home three medals between them from Montreal. Gemma won Gold in the women’s epee beating Amarilla Veres of Hungary in the semi-final, and then beating her compatriot, Zsu-Zsu Krajnyak in the final. Like the number 7 bus you wait for ages for one to come along and then several arrive all at once. Having waited a long time since her last world cup medal, Gemma was on the podium a second time with a bronze in the foil. She was beaten by Hajmasi in the semi-final, but I don’t think Gemma will mind too much.

Oliver won a bronze in the men’s epee. He sailed through the poules winning 4 of his five fights, and fenced really well in his DE’s. He was beaten by Sim of Korea in the semi-finals, but that’s no disgrace.

Gemma and Oliver are to be congratulated on their performances.

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