Ben lives and trains in the South West and competes internationally as part of the GB Team (U20).
Four-time and current British Champion and double European and Commonwealth Medalist, Ben has made every selection for the Great British team since his first selection in 2015, competing in 34 international competitions across Europe and Russia.
EUROPEAN TEAM MEDALIST
GB RANKED NO. 1 (U20)
Ben Andrews fences nationally and internationally as a member of the Great Britain Fencing Team. The current British Champion (U20), Ben has represented GB at European and World Championship level.
A double Commonwealth Medallist and European Team Medallist, Ben lives and trains in the South West at the Academy of Modern Pentathlon and Fencing, Plymouth College.
Moving into the first of three years in the U20’s Men’s Epee category Ben won the British Championships, his third British Champion title, only to become British Champion for the 4th time, taking the U23 title in the same year.
GB TEAM SELECTION
INDIVIDUAL MEN’S EPEE
First selected to represent Great Britain at International level in Copenhagen in 2015, at the
age of 14, Ben has made every selection for the GB Team (U17) over the last three years, competing in 14 Internationals in 11 different countries.
Ben has finished as the highest placed British Men’s Epeeist (U17) in two World and European Championships.
In his first U20’s British Championships Ben took Gold securing his third British Champion title and a place on the U20’s GB Mens Epee team 2018 – 2019, only to take the Under 23’s British title in the same year.
GB TEAM SELECTION
INTERNATIONAL TEAM EVENTS
With GB selections for both the 3 x Men’s Epee Team and Mixed Weapons Team (U17) Ben has enjoyed the intensity of the team competition formats at European and World Level.
Ben captained the GB Mens Epee Team (U17) to take their first International Team Medal on record in Austria in October 2017 only to take the team to a second medal a few weeks later in Espoo Finland.
Acknowledged for his ability to perform under pressure Ben thrives in the team environment and has captained Team events at the both the World and European Championships in Bulgaria 2017 and fought for GB at the European Championships at Sochi Olympic Park – Russia 2018.
Ben was selected for all International Team Competitions in the 2018-2019 season including his third European and World Championships in Italy and Poland.
Selection for the National England Squad saw Ben compete in his first Commonwealth Championships in Newcastle 2018.
Representing England in the Men’s Epee Individual event Ben took a Silver medal after a phenomenal performance through the direct elimination round.
Fighting in the Team event a few days later Ben led his team of 4 to the finals against India to take a second Silver medal
Cadet and Junior
CLASSED AS A MODERN COMBAT SPORT
One of the few sports to have featured in every Olympic Games, Fencing has three weapon categories, foil, sabre and epee.
Ben specialises in epee which is the heaviest of the three swords. Competitions consist of 6 to 12 poule fights, which provide rankings for fencers going into the direct elimination rounds.
Modern fencing is a series of short, high intensity, explosive fights and competitions often take place over an 8 to 10 hour period.
At the age of 18, Ben has had 22 Individual and 16 Team International Selections for Great Britain and competed in 16 different countries. Ben receives no funding from British Fencing or Sport England.
ACADEMY OF MODERN PENTATHLON
Ben was awarded a fencing scholarship with the Academy of Modern Pentathlon and Fencing, Plymouth College in 2012 having established himself on the Leon Paul Junior Series consistently ranked in the top 2 fencers for 3 years running and achieving Gold in the British Youth Championships South West Qualifiers in 2011.
Since joining the Academy Bens fencing has gone from strength to strength as has his other sporting interests and his academic results. 2016 saw Ben become an ambassador for Plymouth College and was also awarded school colours.
When Ben is not competing and training he enjoys time on the North Coast of Cornwall where he sails and swims and also is a keen follower of Formula One Motor Racing.