With the Women’s individual sabre event kicking off on 17th July at the Fencing World Championships in Cairo, and now that the excitement of the men’s qualification round is over, it’s time to meet the GB Women.
If you like the photos for the men, you should like these ones even more 🙂 we’ve stuck with our policy of using the official photos at the time of writing.
As for the men, let’s go in FIE ranking order.
Caiti, currently ranked 142 in the World as a Senior and previously as high as 7 as a Junior (2018/19). Caiti is the 6 time British Senior National Champion (2016, 17, 18, 19, 21 and 2022 with no event in 2020), first winning the title in 2016 when she won the British Cadet and Junior National titles as well for a clean sweep. In 2019 Caiti took a stunning Bronze medal in the individual event at the European Junior Championships in Foggia, improving on her L8 finish in Sochi the year before. There’s lots more, but that should give you the basic idea.
This season, Caiti has made one L64 finish at a Grand Prix and two L64s at World Cups but had a very disappointing (for her) European Championships in Antalya, placing only 50th.
Caiti, now 23, will be representing GB at the Senior Worlds for the second time, having also fenced in Budapest in 2019 in addition to appearances 3 times as Junior and twice as a Cadet.
You can get much more detail from Caiti’s FIE biog and her Ophardt biog.
Maria Chart, twice British Junior National Champion and 4 time silver medallist in the Senior Nationals, is now 23 and currently ranked 210 in the World and reached as high as 43rd as a Junior (2016/17). This season Maria achieved 41st at the European Championships in Antalya. Before Lockdown Maria made two L96s at Grands Prix – in Cairo and Seoul in 2019.
Maria represented GB at the Senior World Championships in Budapest in 2019 and at World Championships on 4 other occasions as a Junior and as a Cadet.
You can find out more in Maria’s FIE biog and Ophardt biog.
Sophia Potter is currently ranked 246 in the World was British Cadet National Champion in 2017 and a bronze medallist at the Senior Championships in 2019, when she also took third place in the Junior Nationals. This season Sophia made the L96 at the Istanbul World Cup in March 22 but was disappointed to have to settle for 54th at the European Championships in Antalya in June.
Sophia, 22 years of age, has represented GB at World Championships three times as a Cadet and a Junior. Cairo will be her Senior World Championship debut.
Much more detail on Sophia’s fencing career can be found in her FIE biog and Ophardt biog. We should acknowledge that Sophia updated her profile on the FIE site, but that came too late 🙂
Alexandra Davis is currently ranked 250 in the World and doesn’t have an official picture, a fact which we choose to respect. Alex came close to a L96 this season, finishing 106th at the Athens World Cup.
Alex, now 25 has a best result of 8th at the British National Championships (2021) but did not compete this year. This season Alex has picked up Gold at the Leon Paul Open in London, Silver at Birmingham and Bronze at the RAF Open in Cosford.
Alex will be making her World Championship debut in Cairo having made her European Championship debut in Antalya where she placed 60th.
More details of Alex’s fencing journey can be found in her FIE biog and Ophardt biog