Fencing is an individual combat sport but behind every elite athlete is a World Class support team.
These are the members of TEAM WILLIS
The Willis Family
It is almost impossible to succeed in sport as a youngster without parental support. They helped fund my early career before there was any funding in the sport and my father, pretty much every weekend, drove me all around the country so I could learn my trade on the UK domestic circuit.
My first S&C coach when I was based at the EIS in Manchester. Matt still works with me as a consultant on the S&C programs I now write myself.
Andy started coaching me aged 15 and for 14 years we enjoyed the most successful relationship between a British coach and epée fencer ever. This only ended when I left Stockport Sword Club in March 2010 to move to Germany to fence for Heidenheim.
My Physio based at David Roberts Physiotherapist in Hazel Grove. He worked with me through my 5 months of rehab following a hip reconstruction in June 2009. He continues to work with me as my physiotherapist when I’m back in the UK.
The Former Olympic fencer from Belarus who is now my personal coach since I came to Heidenheim.
As well as my support team I have received the help of lots of people who, over the years have gone out of their way to support me and help me during my sporting career.