Home of champions
The University of Bath Sports Training Village is home to Pentathlon GB‘s Olympic athletes and some of the world’s best wheelchair fencers, including reigning Paralympic champion Piers Gilliver and fellow World Champion Dimitri Coutya.
They, along with team-mate Oliver Lam-Watson, came home with nine medals between them from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, reaching the podium in all but one of the competitions entered.
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. Both went on to win world titles in 2019.
The GB squad is now building towards Paris 2024 in the Wheelchair Fencing National Training Centre, a spacious and purpose-built facility in the Sports Training Village which was officially opened in December 2022. Click here to find out more.
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. The women’s team, which includes GB international and sporting scholar Louise Sadler, were crowned as BUCS National Trophy Champions in March 2022, read the full story here.
Other 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.