News Archive, Category: Fencing

Justin Tomlinson MP with Piers Gilliver, Rob Bruniges of Bath Sword Club and Professor Ian White

Minister for Disabled People meets Paralympic Champion and community club representatives during visit to University of Bath

03 September 2021

Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, visited the University of Bath this week to see the facilities used by both Tokyo 2020 Paralympians and community clubs as part of a campaign to encourage more sports clubs to offer opportunities to disabled people. Wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver – who was back at his Team Bath Sports Training Village training base for the first time since winning gold, silver and bronze in Tokyo –...

VIDEO: Paralympic Champion Piers Gilliver returns to University of Bath with gold, silver and bronze from Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

02 September 2021

Just 36 hours after flying home from the Paralympic Games, wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver was back at his University of Bath training base with the gold, silver and bronze medals he won during an unforgettable week at Tokyo 2020. We spoke to Gilliver, who has been part of the EIS World-Class Wheelchair Fencing squad based at the Team Bath Sports Training Village since 2015, about his individual success in the Category A epee and his...

Tokyo 2020: Superb silver in team foil means University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers are bringing home nine medals between them from Paralympic Games

29 August 2021

The ParalympicsGB wheelchair fencers who train at the University of Bath capped an excellent week of competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games by winning a superb silver in the men’s team foil. Today’s result means that Dimitri Coutya, Piers Gilliver and Oliver Lam-Watson, who are coached by Peter Rome, will be bringing home a magnificent nine medals between them from six events. Their brilliant form in the team foil event was inspired by an...

Tokyo 2020: Bath fencers bag team epee bronze at Paralympic Games to add to individual successes

27 August 2021

There were more medals for University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games today as Dimitri Coutya, Piers Gilliver and Oliver Lam-Watson won bronze in the men’s team epee competition. Victory over the Ukraine sealed the medal with all three fencers recording wins against their opponents in a rapid-fire win. Earlier the trio reached the semis via three convincing wins against France (45-29), Ukraine 45-28 and Poland 45-30. In the semi-final they...

Tokyo 2020: Piers Gilliver strikes gold and Dimitri Coutya takes bronze as University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers claim epee medals

26 August 2021

Wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver was crowned as Paralympic Champion and training partner Dimitri Coutya won bronze as the duo claimed the first medals of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games for University of Bath-based sportspeople. Gilliver bounced back from his early exit in Wednesday’s sabre competition to totally dominate the Category A epee event, winning all of his preliminary pool bouts and conceding just eight hits in the quarter- and semi-finals. [caption id="attachment_65862" align="alignright" width="292"] Piers...

Tokyo 2020: Swimmer Suzanna Hext narrowly misses out on medal as wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver vows to bounce back from day one setback

25 August 2021

Swimmer Suzanna Hext narrowly missed out on a medal on the opening day of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as she finished fourth in the S5 200m freestyle. Hext, who does her strength and conditioning work at the Team Bath Sports Training Village with English Institute of Sport (EIS) coach Michael Peacock, was in medal contention throughout Wednesday's final before Italy's Monica Boggioni came through in the closing stages to take bronze behind China's Li...

Tokyo 2020: Who to watch and when as eight University of Bath-based sportspeople and one graduate compete at Paralympic Games

23 August 2021

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games officially get under way on Tuesday with eight sportspeople who train at the University of Bath and one graduate among the 227 ParalympicsGB athletes taking on the world. Among the first British athletes in action is wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver, who begins the first of his four medal bids at 1am BST on Wednesday in the Category A sabre competition. Gilliver then goes for gold the following day in the...

Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath, and Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley visit Dimitri Coutya, Oliver Lam-Watson and Piers Gilliver during wheelchair fencing at the Team Bath Sports Training Village

GB wheelchair fencing squad receive well wishes of University of Bath as they head off from training base to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

17 August 2021

Medal hopefuls with the GB wheelchair fencing squad have flown out to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with messages of support from their University of Bath training base. Shortly before heading out to Japan over the weekend, ParalympicsGB fencers Dimitri Coutya, Piers Gilliver and Oliver Lam-Watson, along with coach Peter Rome, were visited by Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath, and Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley to wish...

World Champs and delighted debutant among University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers selected for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

28 June 2021

Rio medallist Piers Gilliver, fellow World Champion Dimitri Coutya and Paralympic Games debutant Oliver Lam-Watson have today been selected in the ParalympicsGB wheelchair fencing team for Tokyo 2020. All three are part of the hugely-successful EIS World-Class Wheelchair Fencing Programme based at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, where they are coached by Peter Rome. Gilliver, who won Category A epee silver in 2016, said: “I am really thrilled to have been selected for Tokyo...

World-class training environment in Bath keeping GB wheelchair fencers in good shape with six months to Tokyo Paralympic Games

24 February 2021

They might not have been able to compete for more than a year but multi gold-medallist Dimitri Coutya believes the world-class training environment at the University of Bath has kept the GB wheelchair fencing team in good shape for success at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. It was 53 weeks ago that Coutya and fellow World Champion Piers Gilliver were last able to test themselves on the international IWASF circuit before competition was suspended...

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