Athlete Profile

James Davis

Age 32

Weapon Foil

Date 03.07.1991

Hand Left

Best Result

Senior European Championships Strasbourg

Date May 2014

Place 1st



James-Andrew Davis started fencing aged four and became Britain’s first ever fencing European Champion in 2014. His breakthrough season came in 2011 and his performances merited him a host nation place on the British team that competed at the London 2012 Olympics. He moved to San Francisco to join the Massialas Fencing Foundation in 2013 and made history the following year in Strasbourg, winning Great Britain’s first ever fencing European fencing title. In 2013 Davis won Britain’s first Grand Prix gold in St. Petersburg since 2009. At the end of the 2016 season James achieved a World Ranking of 6th, after winning World Cup gold at Bonn , silver at San Jose and bronze at St Petersbourg and representing GB at the Rio Olympics. James made the quarter finals at the 2018 Senior World Championships.

As well as coaching youngsters in the USA, James likes to spend his spare time hiking and is a big Formula 1 fan. He has also recently taken up acoustic guitar!


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Primary: Livingstone School, Barnet, London
Secondary: Southgate Comprehensive School, Enfield, London.
University: Completed two years at Middlesex University, studying Psychology before taking a sabbatical to focus on fencing

Athlete quotes

“I took up fencing because I wanted to be Conan the Barbarian.”

“The best thing about the sport is it’s just you and your opponent, battling until the end. Last man standing!”

“The best advise that I can give to budding fencers is that representing your country is an amazing opportunity. Enjoy it because it doesn’t last forever.”

“My fencing ambition is to win Olympic Gold.”


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