Harry Boteler

Funding Level: Podium Potential
DOB: 24/05/1993
Club: Truro Fencing Club
Coach: Pierre Guichot
Discipline: Menís Sabre
Best Result: Top 8 at Camden & Meylan Cadet European Circuit plus two-times Hamlet Open Champion (2012 & 2014)
Harry took up fencing at school at the age of 10, trying the sport because his brother did it. He started competing within a few months, and was selected for the GB team within a year. He has represented Great Britain at every age group from U12 to senior and has been part of the British Team at the Cadet and Junior World and European Championships.

After finishing school he trained full time at Truro Fencing Club under coach, Jon Salfield during his gap year, before studying at Cambridge.

At university he continued fencing, but tore his meniscus in his first year. The combination of injury and a lack of coaching led to a year out of the GB squad, but in his final year he began competing for Great Britain again. In his first international for over a year he fenced well enough to be offered a place on British Fencingís World Class Programme and he joined as soon as he graduated from university.

As well as fencing, he works part time as an editor for an education services company called Tassomai and is a passionate West Ham fan.


Primary: St Peterís Eaton Square
Preparatory: Westminster Under School
Secondary: Eton College
University: Magdalene College, Cambridge - 2:1 in Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge University

Athlete Quotes:

"I took up fencing because my brother did it and I donít have original ideas of my own."

"The best thing about fencing is 14-14 Ė I canít think of any other sport which regularly produces a situation where either person could win the entire match. The pressure and tension is incredible."

"Practice makes permanent. Proper practice makes perfect."

"Believe and we will achieve!"