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International Camp and Antibes Competition

A number of GB fencers have just returned from a successful camp in the South of France. Gemma Collis-McCann and Ollie Lam-Watson both returned with medals. Gemma won gold in Women’s Epee, silver in Foil and Bronze in Sabre. Ollie won Silver in the Men’s Foil.

Junior fencers Emily Holder and  Abi Marshall also attended.

Well done to all our fencers

World Cup, Pisa- the fourth qualification competition for the Paralympic Games Tokyo2020

Another Solid Performance by Piers

Piers came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders in Pisa. He blitzed the poules and was ranked 1 in the tableau of 64. In DE he beat Morelli 15-1 in the L32, Lemoine 15-5 in the L16, Noble 15-5 in the last 8, and Giordan 15-4 in the semi final. In the final he met Demchuk and won 15-12.

In the Epee Piers was ranked 1 in the tableau of 64 after poules. He had a bye to the L32 where he beat Rousselot 15-5, Noble 15-10 in the L16, Pender 15-9 in the L8 and Chen 15-14 in the semi final. He met Shaburov in the final and lost 15-14 after a nail biting last minute of extra time.

Dimitri had a disappointing competition by his very high standards.

In the Men’s Cat A Foil Dimitri was ranked 4 after poules and had a Bye to the L16 where he met and beat Beych 15-5. In the last 8 he met Chinese fencer, Feng and lost 15-11.

In the Epee Dimitri was ranked 1 after poules. He had a Bye to the L16 where he met and beat Fujita 15-7, then Datsko 15-10 in the L8, but he lost 15-14 to Cratere in the semi final.

Other creditable performances were by Mat Campbell-Hill who was ranked 18 after Sabre poules. Mat was beaten by Dronov 15-8 in the L32.

Ollie Lam-Watson had a storming poule in the Cat A Epee taking the scalp of Betti along the way and was rank 21 after poules. He beat Chu 15-2 in the L64, and then lost 15-11 to Mahula in the L32.

In the Foil Ollie took some more notable scalps in the poulesand was ranked 19 in the tableau of 64. In the L32 he was beaten 15-9 by Pender.

In the Women’s Cat A Epee Gemma Collis-McCann beat Kelman 15-5 in the L32 but was then beaten by Maya in the L16. In the Cat B Epee Justine Moore had a miserable poule, and was ranked 25th in the tableau of 32. She was the last athlete to make the cut and in the L32 DE she met the very good Chinese fencer Zhou. Justine won the match 15-14, leaving Zhou distraught.

In the Men’s Foil Team event GB finished in 6th place.

Sharjah World Cup – the third qualifying competition for the Paralympic Games Tokyo2020, And Junior World Championships.

Three in a Row for Gilliver

Piers Gilliver made it three in a row in the Cat A Men’s Epeebeating old adversary, Gang Sun 15-10 in the final. Piers started the day with number 1 ranking in the tableau of 64 after poules. He beat Betti 15-6 in the L32, Nalewajek 15-10 in the L16, Chen 15-11 in the L8, and Al Madhkoori 15-6 in the semi final.

The added bonus was a silver medal in the Sabre, beaten 15-8by Ntounis in the final, but not before Piers had beaten Dabrowski 15-3 in the last 32, Pellegrini 15-6 in the last 16, El Assine 15-10 in the L8 and Giordan 15-10 in the semi

Dimitri with his dad, Najib
Dimitri gave another display of consistency, but also had the feeling of Déjà vu. In the Men’s Cat B Foil he was ranked 1 in the Tableau of 32 and progressed through the DE’s without being troubled. In the final he met Daoling Hu of China. The lead changed hands several times, Dimitri losing 15-14 and having to settle for the Silver medal. The following day he again breezed through the poules, and took his DE’s in his stride. However, in the final he met Daolong Hu for the second day running and the final had the same outcome, with Dimitri having to settle for Silver yet again.

The rest of the GB fencers turned in some very creditable performances. Ollie and Mat both fenced well in the Men’s Cat A Epee and were ranked 15th and 16th respectively after poules. In the last 32 they both put up a good show against much higher ranked opposition.

In Women’s Cat B Epee Justine Moore returned to competitive fencing after an absence of 7 years, and beat 3 opponents in the poules and was ranked 12th in the tableau of 32. She beat Santos of Brazil 15-5 in the L32, and lost 15-14 to Anri Sakurai, the eventual bronze medalist in the L16.

In the Cat A Epee Gemma Collis-McCann was well positioned after poules and in the L32 beat Afonina of Russia, 15-12. In the L16 she then beat Mandryk of Ukraine 15-9, but went out 15-11 to Yu of Hong Kong in the L8.

Junior World Championships

In the Junior World Championships Josh Waddell blew away the opposition in the poules of the Men’s U17 Foil, and was ranked 1 in the tableau of 16. He breezed through the DE’s but lost 15-12 in the final to Schrader of Germany. In the Men’s Epee it was a similar story. Josh bossed the poulesbeing ranked 1 in the tableau of 16. He again met little resistance in the DE’s and again met Schrader in the final. This time the result was reversed, Josh winning the final 15-6.

In the U23 Foil competition Josh was ranked 8 in the tableau of 32. He got a bye in the L32, and then in the L16 beat Ryan Rousell of Canada 15-10. In the L8 Josh lost 15-8 to the Russian, Gavrilenkov.

In the Epee after poules Josh was ranked 3 in the tableau of 32. In the L16 he beat Haupt of Germany 15-11, but in the L8 lost to Maurice Schmidt of Germany 15-9.

In the Epee Team Event GB were ranked 13th, and had to fight all day for a decent end result. They beat Italy 45-25 in the first match, then lost to Iraq 45-31. Their third match was against Ukraine which GB won 45-32. The final match was against France to decide 5th and 6th placings. GB won 45-44 and with a final place of 5th.

Here is Josh Waddell with his coach Ritrawe Sutera

Kyoto World Cup – the second qualifying competition for the Paralympic Games Tokyo2020

Gilliver and Coutya Deliver Again
Different venue – same result. Wheelchair fencing visited Japan for the second qualifying
competition, in a dress rehearsal for the main event in Tokyo in 2020. The event was well
attended and was a high profile occasion, reported on by a vast array of media.
Piers Gilliver showed his determination and consistency once more in a highly contested
category, taking the Gold medal in the Cat A Men’s Epee, and also making the L8 in the
Sabre. Dimitri Coutya, the ultra-consistent team mate took Bronze in both the Cat B Men’s
Epee and Foil.
Gemma Collis-McCann had a L16 $nish in the Cat A Women’s Epee, and Ollie Lam-Watson,
Josh Waddell and Mat Campbell-Hill all had L32 $nishes in their weapons.
The Men’s Foil Team finished in 6th place

Tbilisi World Cup – The start of qualification for the IPC/IWAS Paralympic Games Tokyo2020

Gilliver and Coutya in the medals again

The first qualifying competition for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics was held in Tbilisi in
November 2018. It is the first time wheelchair fencing has been held in Georgia, and the
teams were made very welcome by our hosts.
Piers Gilliver started in storming fashion taking the Gold medal in the Cat A Men’s Epee.
Dimitri Coutya was not far behind taking Silver in the Cat B Men’s Epee and Bronze in the
Gemma Collis-McCann had a L16 finish in the Cat A Women’s Epee, and L32 in Foil and
Sabre. Ollie Lam-Watson and Josh Waddell both fenced well and had L32 finishes in Cat A
Men’s Foil and Epee. It was also good to see returning fencer Mat Campbell-Hill in action.
The Men’e Epee team finished in 9th place.

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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