Senior World Championships 2023

This page is intended for athletes and coaches attending the Senior World Championships 2023. Please check back to this page regularly for information updates.

Last Updated (full list of changes at bottom of page): 23:35 13/06/2023 On this Page Table and funding secured information




On this Page

  • Official Information
  • BF Staff Team
  • Hotel Information
  • Entry and Exit Points
  • Cost
  • Funding
  • Selection Date Information
  • Accepting Selection
  • Visa and Foreign Office Advice
  • Athlete Travel and Medical Form
  • Sports Therapy
  • Schedule
  • Authorised Personal Coaches
  • Anti Doping
  • Discipline and Behaviour
  • Travel Information
  • Patches Logos
  • Tracksuits

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

Official Information

Official Website – Click Here
Information for Delegations – Click Here
If you have any questions relating to this page please submit them to us via the form here and a member of the Staff Team will come back to you.


Pat Aiyenuro – Chef-de-Mission
Johnny Davis – Fencing Support/Team Manager
Dusty Miller –  Coaching Support/Team Manager
James Williams – GBR Coach – Sabre
Ian Lichfield – GBR Coach – Epee
Richard Kruse – GBR Coach – Foil
Federica Balbi – Physiotherapist


Enterprise Hotel
Corso Sempione 91, 20149 Milan
Tel.: +39 02 318181
900 metres – 5 minutes from the venue.

All hotel rates are per room per night including  breakfast and are based on entry and exit points below.
BF has made the bookings through the official competition organisers based on twin rooms for 9 nights.
Bookings were blocked booked and paid (non refundable) based on the entry and exit points. This was required to secure the accommodation.


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 31st July
Sabre Women    Arrive 21th July            Depart 30th July

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 in your travel plans.


Hotel Costs:  9 or 10 nights at 87 Euros  per person per room per night based on a twin room.
Individual Entry Fees:  55 Euros.
Team Entry Fees: 140 Euros.
Athlete Contribution: £70*.
Staff Costs: (Covered by BF and the *Epee Club, see below)


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

  • Team Entry Fees
  • Tracksuits
  • Chef de Mission costs
  • GBR Coaches
  • Fencing Support/Team Manager
  • Physio (partial)*

This leaves athletes with the costs of travel, accommodation, a contribution to the physio and any personal coach costs, should they wish to bring a personal coach.

Other Funding Secured

The Epee Club Charity is funding  epee coach costs and a contribution to the Physio support.
The BF Charity is funding foil coach cost and a contribution to the Physio support.
Coaching Support is funded by UK Sport Progression High Performance  Coach Development funding



You will receive an email from Sport:80. (If your name is showing as selected) and if 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 Sport 80 platform, click on the event and follow the entry process to pay the amount shown and by the deadline indicated. By accepting the selection and paying the costs you are agreeing to abide by all BF Policies and Procedures.


Selection Requirement – Individual Athlete Development Plans (IADP)

As part of a UK Sport requirement endorsed by BF all athletes selected for Championships are expected to complete an IADP.

Please see instructions here

Deadline for completion of the IADPs is 10th July 23


For informationClick Here


Frederica Balbi, Phsyiotherapist for World Championship 2023

Our Physiotherapist for this competition will be Federica Balbi.  Frederica has vast experience supporting High-Performance Sports and Athletes including working with the Italian Fencing Federation, Tempesta Racing Team, Roma Volley Club and the USA Fencing Federation. Ferdrica will support our athletes throughout the World Championships.

Athletes are respectfully requested to complete the Athlete Travel & Medical Form which you will also receive with your sport 80 invite.  Link Here.  Please complete this form by 30th June 2023.


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


Athletes should complete the request  for their personal coaches  to attend the competition on completion of the Senior Worlds  Travel and Emergency Contacts Information sheet.

To complete an application for accreditation as a Personal Coach. Please complete this form by 30th June. Link Here

ALL coaches must abide by the relevant BF policies.

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

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 two years.

Accreditations will be awarded based on

  1. Coaches must have an in date and valid FIE Coach Licence
  2. Coaches are up to date on the coach register, hold a valid Coach Clean certificate
  3. Have a written coaching development plan or Coaching Health Check
  4. Been attending the other competitions with the selected athletes through the season, with recent Major Event experience.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. Have a set of personal behaviours aligned with a credible performance coach

Authorised Personal Coaches & Development Coaches

Anthony Klenczar
Bojan Jovanovic
Dmitri Romankov
Keith Cook
Tamas Kovacs
Jon Salfield
Dan Kellner
James Honeybone
Elisabetta Castrucci
Ziemowit Wojchiechkowski
Adrian Trenea


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 two 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.


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. BF will not be responsible for booking or changing any athletes flights for these championships.

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


Athletes and Coaches will be responsible for their transfers from the airport to hotel including their return to the UK.

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.


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

The latest equipment rules 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.

In sabre the logo may be attached at the top of the thigh of the non-sword side of the fencing breeches and clearly separated from the national logo. Or it may be placed on the back of the lame – sabreurs can either 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).

In Foil and Epee – Please note that NO logos of any description, other than the GBR national logo, should be on the breeches.


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 championship should receive 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)

Those athletes that have previously attended a Major  Championships have already received the voucher code.

All athletes selected will be sent information and a code detailing how to purchase Kukri clothing

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


Update Log:

  • 23:45 13/06/2023 Question to the BF Staff Team link
  • 10:40 19/06/2023 Personal Coach added
  • 06:42 22/06/2023 Personal Coaches added
  • 20:05 01/07/2023 Personal Coaches added
  • 21:49 04/07/2023 Personal Coaches added
  • 16:40  14/07/2023 Personal Coaches added


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