News Archive, Category: Fencing

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...

Wheelchair fencing’s Peter Rome named as High Performance Coach of the Year at prestigious 2020 UK Coaching Awards

04 December 2020

After guiding members of the successful University of Bath-based GB wheelchair fencing squad to World titles and Paralympic medals, Peter Rome now has a trophy of his own after being among the winners at the 2020 UK Coaching Awards. Rome, lead coach on the EiS World-Class Wheelchair Fencing Programme since 2016, was named as High Performance Coach of the Year during a virtual ceremony on Thursday. “The shock is still settling in,” he said. “I’m...

Wheelchair fencers Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver add to trophy collections with more awards on national and international stage

08 November 2020

Wheelchair fencing World Champions Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver, who both train at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, have once again been rewarded on the national and international stage for their outstanding performances. The duo have been named on the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sport Federation (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing list of 2019 ‘Best Athletes’, recognising the fencers who have achieved the most points in their individual discipline and category during the calendar year. Gilliver...

University of Bath-based GB wheelchair fencing coach Peter Rome shortlisted for UK Coaching Awards 2020

27 October 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...

Wheelchair fencing world champ Piers Gilliver happy to be back in training at Team Bath with one year to rescheduled Tokyo Paralympic Games

24 August 2020

With one year to go until the rescheduled Tokyo Paralympic Games, wheelchair fencing medal contender Piers Gilliver says he has put the disappointment of the delay behind him and has been able to “reset psychologically”. The Rio 2016 silver-medallist and his team-mates on the EiS World-Class Wheelchair Fencing Programme are back in training at the Team Bath Sports Training Village as they start to rebuild towards the Tokyo Games, which had been due to start...

VIDEO: Go behind the scenes of EIS wheelchair fencing ‘medal factory’ at the University of Bath with six months to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

25 February 2020

With exactly six months to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games get under way, we have been behind the scenes with the GB wheelchair fencing medal hopefuls at their University of Bath training base to learn more about their successful programme. Rio 2016 silver-medallist Piers Gilliver and fellow World Champion Dimitri Coutya have dominated the international wheelchair fencing scene during the past four years, winning multiple global titles and dozens of medals on the...

Nine golds among big medal haul as University of Bath student-athletes impress once again at BUCS Nationals

18 February 2020

There were 26 medals won across five different sports, nine of them gold, as 135 University of Bath student-athletes proudly wore the Blue & Gold during three excellent days of competition at the 2020 BUCS [British Universities & Colleges Sport] Nationals in Sheffield. Swimmer Luke Turley and judoka George Kroussaniotakis and Lewis Widdicombe all claimed two titles apiece, and karate’s Sophie Atkinson, a silver medallist in last year’s women’s novice kata, went one better this...

Another gold for Piers Gilliver as University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers finish World Cup with three medals

15 February 2020

Piers Gilliver topped the Category A Epee podium for a ninth time in 13 international competitions as the University of Bath-based wheelchair fencer claimed his second medal at the IWAS World Cup in Eger, Hungary. After winning bronze in the sabre on Thursday, reigning World Champion Gilliver once again dominated the epee competition and conceded just 21 hits during the knockout phases on his way to another gold. After beating Poland’s Norbert Calka 15-5, Gilliver...

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