24/04/2023- Selection


BF is delighted to announce the U23 Squad for the upcoming European Championships which will be held in Budapest, Hungary from the 23rd to 27th  May 2023.

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

Congratulations to all the athletes and their coaches.

Athletes selected (listed alphabetically by surname):
Updated: 12/05/2023

ME ANDREWS Benjamin – Q Accepted
ME DEGORCE Aurelien – Q Accepted
ME McKERR Isaac – Q Accepted
ME FERGUSON William – Q Accepted
WE BLACK Abagael – D  Accepted
WE CARON Julia – D Declined
WE POWELL Alexandra – D Accepted
WE LeBOR Hannah – D Accepted-Withdrawn
WE BARNES Rachel (NTR) Accepted
WE LEVER Rachael (NTR)
MF COOK Jaimie – Q Accepted
MF DONAGHUE Joe – Q Accepted
MF LONSDALE William – Q Accepted
MF WILLIAMS David – Q Accepted
WF CAMPBELL Yasmin – Q Declined
WF STUTCHBURY Carolina – Q Declined
WF TSANG Amelie – Q Accepted
WF  JOHNSON Isabella (NTR) Declined
MS ALLEN Sam – D Accepted
MS HALLIWELL Barnaby – D Accepted
MS HO Ian – D Accepted
MS McLELLAN Rory – D Declined
MS HAYNES Luke (NTR) Accepted
WS BRIERLEY Bethany – D Accepted
WS CRAZE Lexie – D Declined
WS POTTER Sophia – D Accepted
WS JANE Melissa (NTR) Declined
WS WESTWELL Amy *(NTR) Accepted
  • * To complete the team
  • ** To act as a sparring partner

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 on improvement areas.)

Sport 80 invites will be sent during the week commencing 24th April.

For further event and travel information, click here 

U23 European Championships Selection Panel 2023

The members of the panel were:

Steve Kemp – Chair
James Williams – Sabre recommendations *
Johnny Davis – OTM & Foil recommendations
Ian Lichfield – Epee recommendations
Mike McKay – Lead Foil Rep -GBR Selection Panel Rep
Anthony Crutchett –  Lead Sabre Rep – GBR Selection Panel Rep*
Lindsay Bottoms – Lead Epee Rep – GBR Selection Panel Rep
Hugh Kernohan Independent Member -GBR Selection Panel Rep
Kate O’Connell – Independent Member -GBR Selection Panel Rep
Dusty Miller – Independent Observer
Niall Harman  – 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 18th April 2023.

  • * Unable to attend the meeting. Chair inputted information with final confirmation from the Sabre Selection panel on 20th April 2023.

For fencers that did not meet the qualification standard for selection, the selection panel took several 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

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 a disappointment to manage, we 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 understand better 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 about this post, please submit them to us via the form here, and an ADP team member will respond 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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