26/09/2022- GBR Fencer


Following a member consultation the 2022-23 GBR Selection Policy was published by BF on 8th August 2022 and this policy has now been approved by the BF Board. 

The 2022-2023 GBR Selection Policy covers international representation for all age groups, U17s, U20s, U23s and Seniors and Para fencing.


You can read more details about the consultation process, the updates that were made to the policy and the specific items arising from the consultation from previous announcements here (pre-consultation) and here (post consultation).

The Athlete Development Programme (ADP) will run one additional community zoom session on October 21st to help athletes seeking GBR selections (at U17, U20, U23 and Senior level) their parents and coaches understand the GBR Selection Policy. Sign up here to attend.

Please note that all athletes on the ADP, their personal coaches and (if U18) their parents are all expected to have attended at least one of these sessions and ensure that they have read the GBR Selection Policy carefully and raise points of query and clarification early in the season.

If you have not been able to attend one of our sessions please let us know via the form here and should there be a sufficient volume of people we will run an additional session.

The ADP has published a guidance note here which has additional information in regards to broader strategy around Selection Policy implementation.


Key Adjustments (Reminder)

  • Additional automatic qualification standards to compete for GBR at Major Championships for all ages.
  • Expanded ‘Quick Guide’ table.
  • Removal of Senior European Championships (as this event is replaced by the European Games which will fall under a separate nomination policy – see here for nomination standards)
  • Inclusion of para fencing (Please note that the para fencing performance standards are still in consultation and will be added to this policy once this process is completed).
  • Selection Panels cannot delegate final team selections to coaches. Panel required to approve all changes to team selections required due to post selection withdrawals, delegated to Pathway Director in the event Selection Panel not available.
  • Changes to selection qualification standards for individual events at World and European Championships
    • item 58 d) % finishing place changed from 5% to 8% to align with current pathway standards.
    • item 58 d) e) results can include previous seasons European and World Championships.


Disclaimer – This news post is not the Selection Policy document and is not intended as a replacement for that document. Athletes who wish to represent Great Britain, along with their coaches and parents are expected to read the Selection Policy document rather than rely on summaries and news post contents. No selection appeals will be permitted based on the contents/interpretation of this news post.

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