28/04/2022- Selection

U23 European Championships 2022 Selections

BF is delighted to announce the U23 Squad for the upcoming Championships which will be held in Tallinn, Estonia from the 27 to 31 May 2022.

At the selection meeting, it was reaffirmed with the selectors that selection for U23 Europeans is based on meeting the qualification standard and fencers not meeting the qualification standard could be selected by the team selection.

As the pandemic has impacted fencers being able to attend international competitions, for this season 2021-2022, the panel agreed to recognise those fencers who would be predicted to meet the qualifying standard based on trajectory performance.

Congratulations to all the athletes and their coaches.

Athletes selected (listed alphabetically by surname):

ME ANDREWS Benjamin Accepted
ME BROOKE  Alec Declined
ME EAST William Accepted
ME SHEPHERD Billy Accepted
ME McKerr Isaac Accepted
WE BARNES Rachel Accepted
WE CARON Julia Accepted
WE SADLER Louise Declined
WE POWELL Alexandra Accepted
WE LeBor Hannah Accepted
MF COOK Jaimie Accepted
MF DE ALMEIDA Dominic Accepted
MF DONAGHUE Joe Accepted
MF GUENNOU Louis Accepted
WF CAMPBELL Yasmin Declined
WF STUTCHBURY Carolina Declined
WF TSANG Amelie Declined
MS CROMIE Max Accepted
MS HAMILTON Zachary Accepted
WS MAXWELL Caitlin (Q) Accepted
WS WESTWELL Amy Declined
WS Melissa Jane Declined


Q = Qualified, P = Predicted qualification, T = Selected via the Team (Those selected via the team will be expected to work with their coach and the ADP team to review training plans to agree improvement areas.)

Sport 80 invites will be sent during the week commencing 2nd May.

Further event and travel information click here 


U23 European Championships Selection Panel 2022

The members of the panel were:

Steve Kemp – Chair
Rob Cawdron – Sabre recommendations
Chris Galesloot – Foil recommendations
Ian Lichfield – Epee recommendations
Mike McKay – Lead Foil Rep -GBR Selection Panel
Anthony Crutchett –  Lead Sabre Rep – GBR Selection Panel
Lindsay Bottoms – Lead Epee Rep – GBR Selection Panel Rep
Mariette Mason- Independent Member -GBR Selection Panel Rep
Dusty Miller – Independent Observer
Rob Cawdron  – Minutes, data and insight

Weapon Selectors – Pre Selection 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

The panel met on 25th April 2022.

For fencers that did not meet the qualification standard for selection, the selection panel took a number of discretionary factors from the selection policy into account including:

  1. Team Strategy
  2. Performance Trajectory (International Results % finishes)
  3. BF Pathway Stage Assessment and development trajectory to 2024/2028/2032 Olympic Games
  4. Performance Trajectory (Domestic Results % finishes)

For Appeals and Complaints please read below – please note selections are subject to appeal

Appeals & Complaints (Section 13 – extract from the Selection Policy)

  1. Any athlete who has not achieved the eligibility criteria and qualifying performance standards for automatic selection for any International Competitions or Major Championships shall have no right of appeal against non-selection for these competitions.
  2. Any athlete who has not completed and submitted a ‘GBR Discretionary Selection Form’, shall have no right of appeal against non-selection for these competitions.
  3. Any athlete who has not provided a completed Athlete Assessment Form (submitted as part of the Selection Application Form where applicable), shall have no right of appeal against non-selection for these competitions.
  4. Submitting the Selection Application Form is the opportunity for the athlete to provide any relevant data to the Selection Panel. An athlete shall have no right of appeal against non-selection on the grounds that the data supplied by the athlete was missing or inaccurate.

We are aware that the timing of this announcement coincides with some athletes competing at the Cadet and Junior Europeans. This selection has been published in a timely manner to allow for those competing to book travel and make preparations.

Where there is disappointment to manage, we would request that all parents and coaches support open conversations which form an important aspect of the athlete development journey and will provide the opportunity to better understand the selection decision and the route to future selection.

Whilst we understand that selection 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 selection?

If you have any questions relating to this post, please submit them to us via the form here and a member of the ADP team will come back to you.

If there are any outstanding queries you should email Steve Kemp E: [email protected] cc’ing your personal coach.

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