27/05/2023- GBR


Selections announced for the Sabre Senior Squads for the upcoming World Championships which will be held in Milan, Italy from the 23rd to 30th  July 2023.

Selections  for the World Championships Sabre squads were made by the Championship Selection Panel in accordance with the published selection policy.  Due to unavailability of a number of selectors and staff to form a panel on the 16th May (as was originally published here),  the panel was formed and met on the 17th May 2023.

Selections by the Panel for the Senior World Championships were based on individual athletes meeting the qualification standards and the selection of team (as summarised here in September 2022).

Congratulations to all the athletes and their coaches.

Athletes selected (listed alphabetically by surname):

WS CHART Maria (T) Accepted
WS DAYKIN Kate (T) Accepted
WS MAXWELL Caitlin (Q) Accepted
WS POTTER Sophia (T) Accepted
WS CORBY Jessica (NTR)
MS DEARY William (Q)
MS HOWES Nicholas (T) Accepted
MS WEBB JJ (Q) Accepted
MS MILLER Curtis (NTR 1)


Q = Qualified,  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.)

SMS Rankings 150523
SWS Rankings 150523

Sport 80 invites will be sent after the final selection week commencing 5th June

For further event and travel information, click here 

Senior Worlds Championships Selection Panel 2023

The panel met on 17th May 2023. The members of the panel were:

  • Chair – Steve Kemp (V)
  • ADP Performance Rep – Johnny Davis (V)
  • ADP Weapon Rep Sabre – James Williams
  • ADP Weapon Rep Epee – Ian Lichfield
  • Weapon Selector Foil – Clare Halsted (V)
  • Weapon Selector Sabre – Anthony Crutchett (V)
  • Weapon Selector Epee – Lindsay Bottoms (V)
  • Medical Rep – Clare Halsted
  • Independent BOA Rep – Elaine Sweeny-Skilton
  • Independent Board Observer – Tom Murray
  • Data Analyst – Ian Lichfield
  • Note taker – Niall Harman
  • Stand in – Pat Aiyenuro

V = Voting rights.

In advance of the selection panel meeting the weapon selectors met to ensure that those who were present at the meeting were fully informed in relation to the views of the Weapon Panels, and any requests for information and data could be managed prior to the meeting.

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

For fencers that did not meet the qualification standard for selection, the selection panel sought to be guided by several discretionary factors from the selection policy, including Performance Trajectory (International Results % finishes) and BF Pathway Stage Assessment and development trajectory to 2024/2028/2032 Olympic Games. The discretionary factor of Team Strategy was ultimately the priority factor, in the absence of significantly strong performance or development trajectory data from unqualified athletes.

Queries about the selection?

If you have any questions about this post, we would encourage you to read the Selection Policy first. If your question is not answered by the policy please submit them to us via the form here, and an ADP team member will respond to you.

If you are an athlete who was expecting selection and you have not already had a conversation with an ADP coach/weapon lead about the selections the offer of a conversation remains. Please email Steve Kemp [email protected] to arrange this.

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

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.

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.

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