04/08/2022- GBR Fencer


The draft 2022-2023 GBR Selection Policy has been updated following community consultation. The updated document will be presented to the BF Board for approval, with further consultation to take place on the Para Fencing section.

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

The consultation period for the 2022-23 selection policies ran from from 30th June – Monday 12th July as announced here.

We are extremely grateful to all those who took the time to read the document in detail and provide feedback.

As a result of the feedback relating to Para Fencing selection standards this section will be subjected to a further round of consultation. A summary of the changes made in response to the feedback can be found below.

The updated document (excluding Para-Fencing) will be sent to BF Board for approval in September:

GBR Selection Policy v0.7 Post Consultation Unapproved

The Athlete Development Programme (ADP)  will be running community zoom sessions in September to help athletes seeking GBR selections (at U17, U20, U23 and Senior level) their parents and coaches understand the GBR Selection Policy. The dates and times will be announced shortly.  All athletes on the ADP, their personal coaches and (if U18) their parents are all expected to attend at least one of these sessions and ensure that they have read the Policy carefully and raise points of query and clarification early in the season.

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


Original Key Adjustments (Reminder)

(as highlighted in yellow on consultation document)

    • Integration of new Para Fencing Performance Standards into the BF Selection Policy
    • 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)


Specific Items arising from Consultation

(as highlighted in blue in post-consultation version)

  • Change – Team Selection Item 23. Removes the right for Selection Panels to 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.
  • Change – item 58 d) % finishing place changed from 5% to 8% to align with current pathway standards.
  • Change – item 58 d) e) results can include previous seasons European and World Championships.
  • Points of correction – item 89 a) correction of birth year, item 69 should reference item 71 (not 72), 12.1 header and item 131 (1) 2022 corrected to 2023.
  • Point of clarification – item 58 a,d,e, individual event qualification standards – clarification that results relate to individual performances.
  • Point of clarification – item 58 a,d,e individual event qualification standards – clarification of which competitive age category Nominated Competitions count (eg current competitive age category and above).
  • Point of clarification – item 58 d, e confirmation of % finished based on athletes that attended
  • Additional feedback and questions were received including on matters that either fell outside the scope of this Selection Policy and consultation or were already addressed within the published policy. We will not be able to respond individually to everyone that responded to the consultation. Where appropriate, feedback not relating to the contents of the Selection Policy has been passed onto the relevant areas of BF.  If you have a specific question relating to the Selection Policy or the ADP that you would like answered please submit them to us via the form here.


The BF Athlete Development Programme (ADP)

As a reminder the BF Athlete Development Programme (ADP) is a six weapon programme that exists to support athletes in achieving Olympic success and inspiring others. It covers athletes from age 15 to 35 (and beyond for those performing at Olympic level) who are moving through a defined development pathway to success at the highest level of fencing).



Disclaimer – This news post is not the Selection 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 Document rather than rely on summaries and news post contents. No selection appeals will be permitted on the basis of the contents/interpretation of this news post.


If you have any questions relating to this post, please submit them to us via the form here and a member of the ADP team will come back to you.

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