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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.

Training Camps

  • 2nd and 3rd February 2019 at Stoke Mandeville
  • 6th and 7th April 2019 at Moulton
  • 7th – 12th April Azureva Camp, France
  • 13th and 14th April 2019 National Championships, Sports Dock, London (TBC)
  • 11th and 12th May 2019 at Moulton
  • 29th and 30th June 2019 at Moulton
  • 2nd – 7th July 2019 The Masters Training Camp, Warsaw (By invitation only)
  • 7th and 8th September 2019 at Moulton (TBC)
  • 2nd and 3rd November 2019 at Stoke Mandeville

BDF/British Fencing Collaboration


British Fencing (BF) and British Disability Fencing (BDF) would like to announce the proposed greater collaboration, and strengthening bonds between both organisations. The purpose of working collaboratively is to identify the number and needs of disabled fencers within the wider fencing community in order to support those fencers towards the goals they wish to achieve, be that social fencing, training camps or the ultimate goal of becoming a Paralympian. In order to do this, we would aim to support clubs and coaches with advice and training to help extend their knowledge to coach their wheelchair fencers and, for the future, any person with a disability.


There is a need to identify the current provision that is available to disability fencers across Great Britain. We would like to hear from clubs, coaches, parents, and fencers about the disability sessions they are part of. This will allow us to map out the current opportunities and provide support to any key areas that are already delivering disability fencing opportunities.


If you are involved in any form of disability fencing, please complete this short survey:


Dimitri Coutya  won one bronze and two gold medals, and Piers Gilliver won one gold at the recent Pisa World Cup. Such was the prowess of the British fencers GB finished third in the medal table, ahead of Russia. Piers beat his arch nemesis Shaburov of Russia 15-10 in the semi-final of the Cat A men’s epee, and went on to beat Matteo Betti of Italy, 15-11 in the final.

On day 1 Dimitri won bronze in men’s Cat B sabre, in only his second competition in the weapon. On day 2 he won gold in the men’s Cat B epee, beating Marcus Cratere of France 15-9. On day 3 he won gold in men’s Cat B foil beating Anton Datsko of Ukraine in the final 15-4. A great weekend of fencing. Shame about the weather!


GB Wheelchair Fencers Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver excelled at the World Championships in Rome in November 2017.

Dimitri Coutya made history for Great Britain by winning both the Category B Foil and Epee titles and becoming a Double World Champion! Amazing work Dimitri! 
 Dimitri defeated Ukrainian, Datsko in the final of the Foil, and Sarri of Italy in the Epee. Piers Gilliver took Category A Epee Silver and Sabre Bronze, a great result! Piers’s sabre result was a real bonus as he switched weapons from foil this year, and beat the world number 1, Andryi Demchuk of Ukraine to make the semi-finals. Dimitri and Piers made sure that Great Britain were on the podium in all four events – great work !




GB Wheelchair fencers recently competed in Eger, Hungary, and came home with more medals and trophies. Dimitri Coutya won a gold in the men’s Cat B epee, beating Sarri of Italy 15-10 in the final, a repeat of the World Championship final. Dimitri also won a bronze medal in Cat B foil, losing 15-14 to the Russian Kamalov in the semi-final. Dimitri was awarded the IWAS 2017 champion for Cat B foil and epee.

Piers Gilliver won bronze in the Cat A men’e epee, losing 15-14 to the Russian Artur Yusupov in the semi-final. Piers was awarded the IWAS 2017 Cat A epee champion.

Also fencing in Eger were Josh Waddell (15 years) in his first senior competition. Josh gave a good account of himself in the Cat A epee competition, and also in the Foil Team competition. He also received the IWAS 2017 under 17 champion award.

Oliver Lam-Watson fenced in his first world cup competition and enjoyed a successful debut performance in both epee and foil. He also performed heroics in the Foil Team event.

Gemma Collis-McCann was the sole female fencer for GB. Gemma had a very good weekend in all three weapons, finishing 5th in women’s epee 11th in the foil and midway in her first sabre competition.

Gilliver ends 24 year wait for ParalympicsGB wheelchair fencing medal

Piers Gilliver found arch-rival Sun Gang had just too much in a tense wheelchair fencing epee gold medal match at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

Gilliver lost to his Chinese opponent by a single point at the World Championships in Italy earlier this year.

And this final was similarly close, with Sun again a narrow 15-13 winner in the category A competition.

It’s my first Paralympics and I thought I coped well with the pressure and really excelled. I’ve got the foil to focus on now and there’s no reason to think a medal isn’t possible, even if my ranking isn’t that high.
Piers Gilliver

Gilliver, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Saturday, was looking to become the first ParalympicsGB fencer to win a Paralympic title since Caz Walton in 1988.

But his silver still ends a 24 year wait, dating back to David Heaton in Barcelona, for a medal of any kind. He said:

I really wanted the gold but he was the better athlete on the day. Still a Paralympic medal is a real dream and he’s such a tough competitor.

It’s my first Paralympics and I thought I coped well with the pressure and really excelled. I’ve got the foil to focus on now and there’s no reason to think a medal isn’t possible, even if my ranking isn’t that high.

Elsewhere, Gilliver’s ParalympicsGB team-mate Dmitri Coutya, 19, didn’t progress beyond the quarter-finals in the category B event.

Coutya won silver at this year’s World Championships and will now reset his sights on the foil competition, in which he claimed world bronze earlier this year.

And Gemma Collis, 23, reached the quarter-finals of the women’s category A epee before she was defeated by China’s Xufeng Zou.

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