Senior World Championships 2023

This page is intended for the athletes and coaches attending the Senior World Championships 2023.

Please check back to this page regularly for information updates.  Created: 15/01/2023


The World Championships will be taking place from 22nd to 30th July in Milan, Italy.

Official Website – Click Here

Leadership Team

Steve Kemp – Chef-de-mission
Dusty Miller – Team Manager
Johnny Davis – Team Manager
James Williams GBR Coach – Sabre
Ian Lichfield – GBR Coach – Epee
Richard Kruse GBR Coach – Foil


All Hotels rates are per room per night including all taxes, breakfast and transportation from hotel to venue and vice versa. BF has made bookings through the official competition organisers.
Twins rooms are booked for athletes unless otherwise requested.

Estimated Costs

Hotel Costs:  9 or 10 nights  £65 per person per room per night based on a twin room, based on entry and exit points below.
Transfer Costs:  TBC  Euros each way (payable in advance) – optional
Individual Entry Fees:  55 Euros (Covered by BF, see below)
Team Entry Fees: 140 Euros  (Covered by BF, see below)
Staff Costs: (Covered by BF and the *Epee Club, see below)


Athletes costs are supported through UK Sport National Teams budget which is covering:

  • Entry Fees
  • Tracksuits
  • Chef de Mission
  • Team Manager

Leaving athletes with the costs of travel, accommodation and any personal coach costs should they wish to bring a personal coach.

The UK Sport High Performance Coach Development budget is supporting James Williams, Richard Kruse and Ian Lichfield.

The Epee Club Charity is funding Olga Campofreda

International Relations budget is supporting Pat Aiyenuro, Georgina Usher and Hilary Philbin to attend part of the event for meetings with FIE and international counterparts.

Accepting Selection

You will receive an email from Sport:80. (If your name is showing as selected and you have not received an email please contact [email protected].

To accept your selection please follow the link in the email to log into the platform, click on the event and follow the entry process to pay the deposit amount shown by the deadline indicated. By accepting the selection and paying your deposit you are agreeing to  abide by all BF Policies and Procedures including:

Visa and Foreign Office Advice: Click Here

Athlete Travel and Medical Form 

All athletes and staff are required to complete the athlete/staff travel and medical form.  Please complete this form by XXXXXX

Entry and Exit Points

Epee Women     Arrive 19th July            Depart 28th July
Sabre Men           Arrive 19th July            Depart 28th July
Foil Women         Arrive 20th July            Depart 29th July
Epee Men             Arrive 20th July            Depart 29th July
Foil Men                 Arrive 21th July            Depart 30th July
Sabre Women    Arrive 21th July            Depart 30th July

Bookings will be blocked booked and paid (non refundable) based on the entry and exit points. This required to secure accommodation.

Please note it is currently not possible to change entry and exit times due to hotel availability. If you wish to book extra night’s accommodation you will have to make independent bookings.  No refunds are available if you wish to leave before the official exit. Please inform BF of extra nights to travel plans.


22th July     
Women’s epee individual Pools, Preliminary DE up to T64
Men’s sabre individual Pools, Preliminary DE up to T64
23th  July 
Women’s foil individual Pools, Preliminary DE up to T64
Men’s epee individual Pools, Preliminary DE up to T64
24th July   
Women’s sabre individual Pools, Preliminary DE up to T64
Men’s foil individual Pools, Preliminary DE up to T64
25th July        
Women’s epee individual DE of T64 – final
Men’s sabre individual DE of T64 – final
26th July      
Women’s foil individual DE of T64 – final
Men’s epee individual DE of T64 – final
27th July 
Women’s sabre individual DE of T64 – final
Men’s foil individual DE of T64 – final
Women’s epee team Preliminary team up to T8
Men’s sabre team Preliminary team up to T8
28th July 
Women’s epee team DE T8, Semi-finals, bronze medal match, final
Men’s sabre team DE T8, Semi-finals, bronze medal match, final
Women’s foil team Preliminary team up to T8
Men’s epee team Preliminary team up to T8
29th July
Women’s foil team DE T8, Semi-finals, bronze medal match, final
Men’s epee team DE T8, Semi-finals, bronze medal match, final
Women’s sabre team Preliminary team up to T8
Men’s foil team Preliminary team up to T8
30th July        
Women’s sabre team DE T8, Semi-finals, bronze medal match, final
Men’s foil team DE T8, Semi-finals, bronze medal match, final

Authorised Personal Coaches

ALL coaches must abide by the relevant BF policies including –[1].pdf and

Please Note: As there is a staff allocation that is less than the number of fencers attending we are unable to guarantee accreditation for all personal coaches.

Accreditations will be awarded based on

  1. Coaches are up to date on the coach register
  2. Have a written coaching development plan or Coaching Health Check
  3. Been attending the other competitions with the selected athletes through the season, with recent Major Event experience.
  4. Been actively involved in producing a documented IADP with the athlete/s they are coaching. If they are not doing this they are not a performance coach.
  5. Have an individual documented plan which covers not only competition day but their preparation (attendance at pre-competition briefing, pre-comp camps or training day)
  6. Have a set of personal behaviours aligned with a credible performance coach

To complete an application for accreditation as a Personal Coach please (Form Coming Soon) Please complete this form by 30th June 2023

Authorised Personal Coaches & Development Coaches


There will be testing at the event.

Athletes: Athletes are solely responsible for any banned substance they use, attempt to use, or that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat. Athletes must

Coaches: As announced in September 2019, any coach wishing to accompany a GBR athlete to an FIE event, whether as a personal coach or as a squad coach must have undergone the online anti-doping training course Coach Clean within the last three years.

Parents: Parents are expected to support our efforts to keep our sport clean. We strongly advise that parents involved in supporting athletes at events undergo the Coach Clean course. All other parents are expected to support efforts to keep sport clean and read the WADA Parents Guide.

More information here.

Discipline and Behaviour

By accepting selection to represent GBR at any European and World Championships you have already agreed to the British Fencing Codes of Conduct. Please act responsibly and sensibly and understand that we are one collective team and respect and support for your fellow team members is expected and reasonable. In addition every member of the squad is being supported by public funding and is expected to behave in a way that recognises the responsibilities that this brings. Funding to compete (whether from public or private sources) is not an entitlement and we owe it to everyone that contributes to our participation to act as professionals and role models for our sport.

Any breach of BF Code of Conduct may result in fines equivalent to any athlete subsidy paid by BF.


For this trip, athletes will be responsible for booking their flights to and from the event, ensuring that sufficient time is given to arriving at the meeting points. This includes taking any potential covid tests before the meeting takes place. BF will not be responsible for booking or changing any athletes flights for these championships. Due to the complexity of travel currently, we will be unable to advise on this area.

Please note any U18’s that needs chaperoning for travel please let us know and we will help to make arrangements where we can.

Other Travel Instructions
23kg will be enough for your fencing bag, providing you pack your fencing kit in your carry on case.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Do not take liquids or gels in your hand luggage. (100mls or under in a transparent bottle is OK).
  • Do not take tool kit items in your hand luggage.
  • Do put your mask, jacket, plastron, breeches, glove, socks, and a spare handle (if you have one) in your hand luggage in case any fencing bags get lost.  (This means that all you need to borrow to fence is a sword if the worst happens.)
  • Do travel in comfortable clothing,  wearing trainers to travel in.
  • Do not wear any GBR marked clothing whilst travelling.
  • Do pack any phone batteries in your hand luggage
  • Do ensure that ALL your electronic equipment (phone, etc) is fully charged, and can be shown to be working. If it isn’t, it may be confiscated at security.

Independent Travel
Athletes unable to travel from UK airports (eg athletes travelling from outside the UK) are permitted to choose to travel independently however they must not arrive on a later date or leave on an earlier date than the rest of the squad. Transfers need to be discussed with BF Head Office.


It is your responsibility to ensure your kit has the correct logos/patches and your equipment meets FIE standards.

A summary of the latest rule changes can be found here.

As part of the terms of the Leon Paul sponsorship arrangement, all athletes competing are required to wear a Leon Paul logo. This should appear on the back arm. For foilists and epeeists the logo patch should be sewn onto the back arm ideally above the GBR logo. Sabreurs will need to have their lames printed directly by Leon Paul. This can be done at any event where Leon Paul have a printing service or at the Leon Paul shop. Alternatively, you can contact [email protected] and they will send you patches to sew onto your lame jacket (you will need to specify the type of lame – eg lightweight).

Please note that NO logos of any description, other than the GBR national logo, should be on the breeches – the FIE rules changed in September 2019.


The FIE rules require all athletes to wear the same National Tracksuit for World Championships. This is the new Kukri Championship Athlete tracksuit with ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ on the back.

All athletes attending their first  should have already received a voucher which covers a tracksuit top, bottom and t-shirt. Please note that the full tracksuit must be worn for podium/medal presentations. For all other activities the tracksuit top will suffice. (Please note, athletes are not permitted to source and produce their own GBR clothing)

Staff and coaches can purchase the Kukri GBR tracksuit (with the GBR logo on the back).





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