News Archive, Category: Fencing

Three golds among five-medal haul for Bath-based wheelchair fencers in last World Cup before Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

27 May 2024

The last international competition before the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games saw the University of Bath-based British Fencing squad win three gold medals and two silver at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dimitri Coutya won double gold in the Category B foil and epee, overcoming China’s Benjun Qin in both finals – 15-11 and 15-13 respectively. Training partner Piers Gilliver was also victorious in the Category A sabre, beating Italy’s Edoardo Giordan...

A picture of some of the winners at the 2024 Blues Awards, the annual celebration of student sport at the University of Bath.

Jamie Cubitt wins Sports Personality of the Year as University of Bath’s thriving student sport scene is celebrated at 50th Blues Awards

02 May 2024

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Blues Awards, the annual celebration of student sport at the University of Bath, with the 2024 presentation evening once again taking place at the historic Roman Baths and Pump Room in Bath city centre. The Blues Awards is a University of Bath event, sponsored by Team Bath Gym suppliers Matrix Fitness, which The SU Bath [Students Union] and Department for Sports Development and Recreation (DSDR) support together....

A picture of University of Bath-based Joshua Waddell (left) with the two gold medals he won while representing Great Britain at the 2024 U23 Wheelchair Fencing World Championships, April 2024.

Double gold delight for Bath-based wheelchair fencer Joshua Waddell at U23 World Championships

24 April 2024

University of Bath-based Joshua Waddell has won double gold at the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing U23 World Championships in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Waddell, coached by Peter Rome in the Wheelchair Fencing National Training Centre at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, conceded just 19 hits across three bouts as he secured the foil title on Monday. He then successfully defended the epee title he won 12 months ago in South Korea, although it proved much more...

The University of Bath was officially presented with UK Sport Elite Training Centre-accredited status during a ceremony at the Team Bath Sports Training Village on 12th April 2024. (From left) Professor Ian White (University of Bath Vice-Chancellor), Sally Munday (UK Sport Chief Executive), Duncan Rolley (UK Sport Elite Training Centre Advisor), Sophie Hamer (Head of Sport Operations), Stephen Baddeley (University of Bath Director of Sport) and Cassie Wilson (University of Bath Pro-Vice-Chancellor). CREDIT: Nic Delves-Broughton

Olympians and Paralympians in attendance as University of Bath is officially recognised as UK Sport-accredited Elite Training Centre

12 April 2024

The University of Bath’s status as a UK Sport-accredited Elite Training Centre (ETC) has been officially recognised at a ceremony attended by Olympic and Paralympic Champions, high-performance coaches and staff. Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, received the prestigious ETC award from Sally Munday, Chief Executive of UK Sport, during a presentation in the Team Bath Sports Training Village. Joining Team Bath staff at the ceremony were athletes, coaches and administrators from...

A picture of Rengen CEO Iestyn Lewis shaking hands with University of Bath DIrector of Sport Stephen Baddeley following a sponsorship renewal in March 2024

Rengen to continue supporting Team Bath’s sport and fitness activities at all levels after agreeing three-year partnership extension

12 March 2024

Team Bath and Rengen have today announced a three-year extension to their successful partnership supporting sport and fitness activities at the University of Bath. A leading company specialising in student, residential and commercial developments and lettings, Bath-based Rengen – whose CEO is University of Bath alumnus Iestyn Lewis – has been an official partner of Team Bath since 2019. During that time Rengen has supported Team Bath’s activities at all levels, from recreational and youth...

A picture of (from left) Dimitri Coutya, Oliver-Lam Watson, Piers Gilliver and Joshua Waddell celebrating after winning foil team gold at the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing European Championships in Paris.

Five golds among big European Champs medal haul for Bath-based GB wheelchair fencers in first visit to Paris during Paralympic year

11 March 2024

The GB wheelchair fencing squad, based at the University of Bath, enjoyed a successful first visit to Paris this Paralympic year as they won five gold medals at the 2024 European Championships. Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver claimed two individual titles apiece, the former going mighty close to completing a personal hat-trick, before joining forces with Oliver Lam-Watson and Joshua Waddell to win foil team gold and epee team bronze. Gemma Collis, who occasionally trains...

The exterior of the Wheelchair Fencing National Training Centre at the University of Bath

VIDEO: GB wheelchair fencing squad working hard at University of Bath base with six months to go to Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

28 February 2024

The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games are now just six months away and the world-leading GB wheelchair fencing squad are working hard at the University of Bath as they look to build on their tremendous success at Tokyo 2020.  The UKSI Wheelchair Fencing World-Class Programme has gone from strength to strength since being established at the Team Bath Sports Training Village and this Paralympic cycle has seen the opening of a custom-built National Training Centre, allowing...

A graphic promoting the Discover Your Paralympic Potential event taking place at the University of Bath on Saturday 6th April 2024 for people with a physical impairment.

Discover Your Paralympic Potential and find your sport during ParalympicsGB event at the University of Bath

19 February 2024

Aspiring Paralympians will have chance to try out a range of sports during a ‘Discover Your Paralympic Potential’ day taking place at the University of Bath this April. Hosted by ParalympicsGB, the event on Saturday 6th April is open to anyone aged 10 and over with a physical impairment who dreams of competing at a Paralympic Games and unlocking the opportunities that sport provides. The Paralympic Potential programme offers people the chance to find out...

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary visits Olympic and Paralympic Champions at University of Bath ahead of Paris 2024 milestone

26 January 2024

Lucy Frazer MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, met several Olympic and Paralympic Champions at their University of Bath training base on Thursday where they are preparing for Paris 2024, now just six months away. She was accompanied on the tour of the Team Bath Sports Training Village (STV) by Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport, and spoke to a number of athletes and coaches including double Tokyo 2020 swimming gold-medallist...

Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver won three gold medals between them at the Cardiff 2024 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup. PICTURE CREDIT: British Fencing

Plenty of home cheer at Cardiff World Cup as British wheelchair fencing squad make golden start to Paris 2024 Paralympic year

15 January 2024

Dimitri Coutya won double gold and Piers Gilliver was also victorious as the University of Bath-based British wheelchair fencing squad bagged a fantastic five medals when Cardiff hosted the first World Cup of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games year. Coutya gave the home crowd plenty to shout about when he claimed both the Category B epee and foil titles plus foil team silver with training partners Oliver Lam-Watson, Joshua Waddell and Gilliver, who won Category...

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