08/12/2023- GBR Fencer


GBR Para Fencing continues to progress towards Paris 2024.

pic courtesy IWAS


Great Britain’s wheelchair fencers took home five medals – one gold, one silver and three bronze – from the Thailand World Cup event, part of the World Abilitysport Games.

Dimitri Coutya took gold in men’s foil B on Tuesday 5 December, the opening day of the competition, beating Maxime Valet of France 15-6 in the final. On the same day, Gemma Collis also took bronze in the women’s sabre A competition.

On Wednesday, Piers Gilliver finished just outside the medals in 5th place in men’s sabre A, while Collis picked up another bronze, this time in women’s epee A.

“After a disappointing World Championships, I am so happy with how I’ve bounced back in Thailand. Two podiums – and some big wins against some of the best fencers in the world to get there despite ongoing niggles.” said Collis.

“Although I was incredibly disappointed with my performances in both semi-finals, overall I can take so many positives from this week. Some of the mental skills we’ve been working on are really starting to feel more natural, at times I produced my very best fencing and I know what I need to work on to take that next step as we build up to Paris 2024.”

“Now I’m super excited to get back home to put in the work ahead of our next World Cup on home soil in Cardiff!”

Thursday also saw  Piers take bronze in the men’s epee A competition. Friday saw the men’s epee team of Coutya, Gilliver, Oliver Lam-Watson, and Josh Waddell take silver in the team event, after being beaten by Iraq 45-35. There were also strong placings from Justine Moore and Susie Seddon-Cowell across the week.

The next wheelchair fencing World Cup event will be in Cardiff next year – and tickets are now on sale.


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