30/10/2019- Latest News

Johnny Davis appointed as Olympic Team Manager


Following an end of season review for 2018/2019, British Fencing is expanding the roles and responsibilities of the BF Olympic Team Manager to provide leadership and support across all weapons as they prepare athletes for ​the Tokyo and Paris ​Games.

We are delighted that Johnny Davis has agreed to take on these new responsibilities. Johnny ​Davis is himself a two time Olympian and coach and has for the last two seasons been GBR Team Manager for the Senior European and World Championships, Foil Weapon Manager and nominated BOA Team Leader for fencing.

Johnny Davis will be working with the BF Weapon Managers, the Athlete Development Programme ​Team of coaches and staff and the wider organisation to identify the needs of each weapon and ​to develop the strategies to maximise performances at future Senior European and World Championships with the goal of qualifying as many athletes for Olympic Games as possible and ​to ​achieve medal ​success for GBR.

Central to this role will be the reinforcement of a professional culture based on personal responsibility to deliver their best performance at the highest level of the sport.

In addition, Johnny will be working with the BF Athlete Development Programme to explore how the programme can provide more support to senior athletes progressing along the athlete performance pathway as part of setting BF’s post Tokyo Strategy in this area.

Talking about the wider remit of the new role, Johnny said “I am delighted to be able to play my part in creating a future where we can support those athletes striving to be the best they can possibly be. The recent success we have achieved at International level shows that we have fencers capable of achieving at the top level of International competition. The challenge for us all looking forward is to ensure that this success is achieved consistently”

CEO Georgina Usher added “Our very best athletes continue to demonstrate the motivation, commitment and professionalism to succeed despite the challenges faced by lack of funding. The expansion of Johnny’s role creates an exciting opportunity for BF to support both these athletes and the next cohort of senior athletes across all 6 weapons as they all aim for success at the highest competitive level of the sport.”

In order to allow Johnny to focus on this role in the run up to the Tokyo Games, a new Foil Weapon Manager will be appointed on an interim basis to support with administration. If you are interested in applying for this voluntary role, please send your CV to [email protected] by 15th November.

The Olympic Team Manager role is being supported in conjunction with the BF Charity.

As always, much of the work that we do is supported by our members and patrons. If you are reading this and wish to make a charitable donation to this, or any other area of this work please contact [email protected].


Johnny Davis – Sporting Background

  • Member of GB Olympic Fencing team – Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992
  • Member of GB Fencing Team – World Championships Barcelona 1985, Lausanne 1987, Denver 1989, Lyon 1990, Budapest – 1991
  • Member of NI Fencing Team – Commonwealth Championships 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, winner of one silver and two bronze medals.
  • Member of NI Age Group Cross Country Team 2007 – Home Internationals – Scotland.
  • Member of Irish team – European Age Group Duathlon Championships – Edinburgh 2007
  • Member of Irish team – European Age Group Triathlon Championships, Lisbon 2008.
  • Qualified Fencing Coach – International Grade 5

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