Ben lives and trains in the South West and competes internationally as part of the GB Cadet Epee Fencing Team (U17).
Following a run of successful results this season Ben finished the 2016-2017 season ranked No.1 in the GB Cadets. He will start the European Cadet Circuit placed 11th in Europe, the highest placed GB Cadet Epeeist for several years. Consistently achieving top 32 finishes in Europe and a top 16 finish in his debut World Championships (U17) Ben has another year in this age group.
Current British Youth Champion & finished 2016-2017
season ranked No.1 (U17 GB Cadets)
Ben became the British Youth Champion for a second time, taking gold in this years Championships at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield.
Over the last few years Ben has had 60 medals places at national competitions and is two time winner of the prestigious Bill Hoskins Cup.
Cadet and Junior
Fencer Ben Andrews is a South West based athlete who competes nationally and internationally in both individual and team epee events, as part of the GB Cadet Fencing Team (U17). Ending the 2016-2017 season ranked No.1 in the GB Cadet Team, Ben is now 11th in Europe, the highest placed GB Cadet Epeeist on the European Cadet Circuit for several years.
Classed as a modern combat sport and 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 and competitions consist of between six to 12 poule fights, which provides 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.
Ben started fencing at school at the age of nine and soon joined Plymouth Fencing Club run by former under 20’s National Epee Coach, Pete Barret. In 2012, having established himself on the National Leon Paul Junior Series, consistently finishing in medal positions over three years and taking Gold in the South West Qualifiers for the British Youth Championships, Ben was awarded a fencing scholarship with the Academy of Modern Pentathlon and Fencing at Plymouth College.
The Great Britain selection also came in 2015 and saw Ben produce a top 32 finish, from a field of over 200, in his debut competition as a member of the GB Cadet Team, the second highest place of the 15 cadets selected by British Fencing to compete.
So far, Ben has had eight call ups to represent Great Britain as part of the GB Cadet Team (U17), and has produced seven such results in the top 32. At 15 years old, Ben’s achievements in Europe bode well for his future and the future of British Fencing, as Ben still has another year in his current age category and is consistently producing some of the best results British Men’s Epee has seen for several years.
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.