Paralympic and World Championships medallist Piers Gilliver won Sabre Gold and Epee Silver at the recent International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Cup in Pisa, Italy, gaining vital qualification points for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Piers has now won four consecutive gold medals in four Tokyo qualification events with a total of four golds and two silvers overall.
The 2019 IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup is the latest stop on the road to this year’s World Championships in Cheongju, South Korea, from 17-23 September.
An amazing effort from @PiersGilliver #GBR yet again-@IWASFencing World Cup,Pisa-wins Sabre Gold & Epee Silver,making that 4 Golds + 2 Silvers from four @Tokyo2020 qualifiers so far! 🥇🥇🥇🥇🥈🥈@BBCSport @Paralympics @ParalympicsGB @britishfencing @thebdfa @eis2win @uk_sport pic.twitter.com/WCbj3wIYZD
— Jo Gilliver (@JoGilliver1) March 24, 2019
Piers and fellow wheelchair fencer Dimitri Coutya, who also won bronze and fifth place in epee and foil in the same competition, both train at the Sport Training Village (STV) at the University of Bath, one of eight EIS high performance centres across England.
Their day-to-day training is managed by EIS Lead Coach, Peter Rome with the EIS responsible for the management of the Wheelchair Fencing World Class Programme.