01/06/2023- GBR


Fencing squad confirmed for the upcoming European Games, which will be held in Kraków, Poland, from the June 21st to July 2nd 2023. 

Following a nomination and selection process the following athletes will be representing Team GB at the upcoming European Games:

ME        ANDREWS Benjamin – Q

WE       SICA Susan – Q

MF        Team Qualified

MF        ARCHER Kristjan – Q

MF        COOK Jaimie – Q

MF        DAVIS James-Andrew -Q

MF        MEPSTEAD Marcus -Q

WF       Team Qualified

WF       BEARDMORE Kate -Q

WF       CAMPBELL Yasmin -Q

WF       STUTCHBURY Carolina -Q

WF       TSANG Amelie – T

MS        DEARY Will -Q

MS        WEBB JJ -Q

WS       MAXWELL Caitlin-Q

(listed by weapon then alphabetically by surname, Q = Qualified,  T = Nominated via the Team)


Nomination and Selection Process

Nominations for the European Games were made by a Board approved Nominations Panel in accordance with the published policy (which can be found alongside the other current policies here).

There were two independent observers present, one from the BF Board and one from the British Olympic Association (BOA).

Nominations by the Panel for the Europeans Games ware based on individual athletes or teams meeting the qualification standards (as were summarised here in September 2022, and incorporated into the final published policy here).  Discretionary would only be used to fulfil a team of four, if three fencers had met the qualification standard. Nominations were passed to the BOA for selection.


European Games Nomination Panel 2023

The panel met on 17th May 2023. The members of the panel were:

Chair – Steve Kemp (V)
ADP Performance Rep – Johnny Davis (V)
ADP Weapon Rep Foil – Richard Kruse *
ADP Weapon Rep Sabre – James Williams
ADP Weapon Rep Epee – Ian Lichfield
Weapon Selector Foil – Clare Halsted (V)
Weapon Selector Sabre – Anthony Crutchett (V)
Weapon Selector Epee – Lindsay Bottoms (V)
Medical Rep – Clare Halsted
Independent BOA Rep – Elaine Sweeny-Skilton
Independent Board Observer – Tom Murray
Data Analyst – Ian Lichfield
Note taker – Niall Harman
Stand in – Pat Aiyenuro

(V) = Voting rights

  • * Unable to attend the final meeting, contribution made in advance


In advance of the Nomination meeting the weapon selectors met to ensure that those who were present at the meeting were fully informed in relation to the views of the Weapon Panels, and any requests for information and data could be managed prior to the meeting.

Weapon Selectors – Pre-Nomination Meeting Panels
Mike McKay –  GBR Selection Panel Rep
Anthony Crutchett – GBR Selection Panel Rep
Lindsay Bottoms – GBR Selection Panel Rep
Kate O’Connell – GBR Selection Panel  Rep
Kola Abidogun – GBR Selection Panel  Rep
Hugh Kernohan – GBR Selection Panel Rep
Mariette Mason  – GBR Selection Panel Rep
Joanna Braine  – GBR Selection Panel Rep
Nick Fletcher – GBR Selection Panel Rep


Whilst we understand that selection and nominations decisions can generate significant emotion, we would ask that parents and coaches do not behave in ways that might constitute abuse or harassment to BF staff, selectors and coaches.  This includes repeated calling, messaging, emailing and making personal threats. Any such behaviour will be reported for disciplinary action.


Queries about the Nominations?

If you have any questions about this post, we would encourage you to read the Nomination Policy first. If your question is not answered by the policy please submit them to us via the form here, and an ADP team member will respond to you.

If there are any outstanding queries, you should email [email protected] cc’ing your personal coach.


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