Four World Champs medals for Uni-based fencers
2016 Rio Paralympic silver medallist Piers Gilliver has added 2017 INAS World Wheelchair Fencing Championships silver and bronze to his growing global medal haul in Rome this week.
Today the MJ Church Team Bath ambassador took silver behind Russia’s Maxim Shaburov in the Category A epee final with Russia featuring on the same podium again with bronze through Roman Fedyev.
Shaburov had earlier taken gold in the Category A sabre final in which Gilliver, a relatively debutant sabreur at this level, took a remarkable bronze.
Dmitri Coutya also wowed GB supporters when he was crowned double world gold medallist with victories in the Category B men’s foil and epee. Coutya has joined Gilliver and coaching and support staff from British Wheelchair Fencing and the English Institute of Sport who are based at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village.
Both Coutya and Gilliver enjoy an elite athlete environment where they have fencing partners including some of the Pentathlon GB athletes based on site as well as members of the University of Bath and Bath Sword Clubs.