Fencing

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Home of champions

The dedicated fencing salle in the University of Bath Sports Training Village is home to Pentathlon GB‘s Olympic athletes and two of the world’s best wheelchair fencers, Paralympic silver-medallist Piers Gilliver and reigning double World Champion Dimitri Coutya.

Under the coaching of Peter Rome, Piers – who has been based at the STV since 2015 – became Britain’s first Paralympic medallist for 24 years when he won Category A epee silver at Rio 2016. He is currently ranked number one in the world in his discipline, as is fellow Paralympian Dimitri who joined Piers at Bath in 2017 and was crowned as World Champion that year in both Category B epee and foil.

Modern pentathlon fencing salle 2016Piers and Dimitri often spar with members of the elite Pentathlon GB squad as they train towards major international events like the Olympic Games and World Championships in their National Training Centre at the STV.

Something for everyone

The University of Bath is home to Bath Sword Club, the largest club in the South West region. Established in 1948, members are aged from eight through to their 70s and training takes place in the Founders Hall. Click here to find out more about the club and how to join.

The University of Bath also has a thriving student fencing club which trains in the fencing salle. Among the student-athletes to have excelled in recent years are Tom Edwards, who was ranked as British number one in epee, and Chris Hay – both represented Britain at World Cup events and were supported by the Team Bath Dual Career Programme. Click here to find out more about the student fencing club.

 

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