The British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Fencing confirmed that James-Andrew Davis will be supported by Olympic Solidarity grants for the current cycle up to and including Tokyo 2020, as well as hopefuls across the Olympic sporting network.
Davis was the youngest member of the British fencing team when he made his Olympic debut at London 2012 and then became Britain’s first ever European champion in 2014. Prior to this he won two bronze medals at the 2013 European Championships in Zagreb, in the individual and team competition. Another bronze followed at 2016 European Fencing Championships in Torun, before representing Team GB at Rio 2016.
The IOC’s Olympic Solidarity plan is in place to assist elite athletes in their preparation and qualification for Tokyo 2020 helping with vital grants and can support with aspects such as training facilities, medical and scientific assistance.
Working closely with its members the BOA selected athletes who it felt the $400 per month bursary would prove to be most beneficial to their day-to-day training, with the scholarships operational until August 31, 2020.
Mark England, Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission: “The primary role of the British Olympic Association is to take a team to the Olympic Games and Tokyo 2020 is now our absolute focus. Olympic Solidarity plays an important role in allowing us to help competitive athletes and their sports create opportunities where otherwise they might not exist.
“As a member body it is vital for the BOA to support the British Olympic governing bodies in any way it can to help deliver important grants to its athletes, so they might realise their Olympic dreams. The IOC’s Olympic Solidarity provides monthly grants, which can be put towards important training requirements and helps these athletes in the ever-competitive elite sporting environment.”
The athletes and their sports are as follows:
William BOSI (Sport Climbing)
James-Andrew DAVIS (Fencing)
Paul DRINKHALL (Table Tennis)
Charlotte HOPE (Karate)
Chris LANGRIDGE (Badminton)
Liam PITCHFORD (Table Tennis)
Bryony PITMAN (Archery)
Kate SHORTMAN (Artistic swimming)
Isabelle THORPE (Artistic swimming)
About the BOA
The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in our territory in accordance with the Olympic Charter. The BOA achieves this through:
• Working in partnership with our members and key stakeholders to deliver world-leading services and support to enable British athletes to reach their full potential at the Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games and other IOC-sanctioned events
• Working in partnership with our members and key stakeholders to provide athletes with relevant support on the journey to, during and following their Olympic careers
• Engaging people throughout the United Kingdom to pursue their very own goals and dreams through the Olympic Values and the example of Team GB Olympians
• Being the independent voice of Olympic Sport and collaborating with our members and other sport stakeholders, both domestically and internationally, to support the continued growth and overall health of the Olympic Movement in the UK
For further information, please visit the Team GB website.