The 2011 World Championships begin in Catania, Sicily tomorrow. Eight days of world class fencing across the three disciplines of foil, sabre and epee will determine the best fencers in the world and will be an interesting indication of who to look out for in the Olympics next year. The World Championships is the last major competition on the international fencing calendar before London 2012 and the 28 fencers representing Team GB are on their way out to Italy today.
Under new Performance Manager Alex Newton, the Team GB fencers are training harder than ever and are focusing on being world class athletes. Team sponsor Beazley was involved with the pre-Worlds preparation camp at the University of Bath last weekend where the fencers participated in professional media training, an individual and team photo shoot, and media interviews with national and regional press.
In Catania this week, a flash mob of Italian fencers took to the Piazza Duomo during evening rush hour to demonstrate the sport and generate a buzz around the forthcoming Championships. As many as 116 national teams will be taking part in the competition, an outstanding number compared to the record figure of 96 in last year’s Worlds in Paris.
The schedule of events can be found on the following link: http://www.cataniaescrime2011.com/gare/Raccolta%20documenti/Catania%202011%20-%20Schedule.pdf
The full GB squad is below:
World Championships prize money:
Gold medal: 20,000 US$ per athlete
Silver medal: 10,000 US$ per athlete
Bronze medal: 5,000 US$ per athlete
Gold medal 30,000 US$ per team
Silver medal: 15,000 US$ per team
Bronze medal: 10,000 US$ per team
Total amount: 570,000 US$
In Europe, the event is broadcasted by Eurosport and RAI 2.
All fencing fans around the world can watch this event live on the FIE channel on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/fievideo.