University of Bath-based GB wheelchair fencing coach Peter Rome shortlisted for UK Coaching Awards 2020
Peter Rome, who has guided members of the University of Bath-based GB wheelchair fencing squad to World titles and Paralympic medals, has been named among the finalists for the prestigious UK Coaching Awards 2020.
Rome, lead coach on the EiS World-Class Wheelchair Fencing Programme since 2016, is shortlisted for the High Performance Coach of the Year award alongside canoeing coach Craig Morris and para-athletics coach Ryan Jones.
Under Rome’s guidance, the two wheelchair fencers on the full-time programme at the Team Bath Sports Training Village (STV) – Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver – have dominated international competition and have been consistently ranked as world number one in their respective disciplines.
Coutya made history in 2017 by winning two World Championship titles and successfully defended his Category B epee title in 2019, the year that Gilliver – a Category A epee silver-medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – claimed his first global crown.
Both have also won a multitude of medals on the IWASF World Cup circuit and their success has helped the GB programme grow and develop, with Oliver Lam-Watson and Shah Rashid now training regularly with Coutya and Gilliver at the STV.
The winners of the UK Coaching Awards 2020 will be announced during a virtual ceremony in December.
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