13 September, 2016: We are delighted to congratulate Piers on winning a Silver medal in the Individual Epee A event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
July 2016: Sopra Steria is pleased to report that Piers will represent Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio in both the individual men's CAT A Epee and Foil event. We wish Piers the very best of luck.
March 2016: Sopra Steria is proud to sponsor Piers Gilliver in his quest to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympics, providing his bespoke fencing competition wheelchair.
Last month, Piers strengthened his position as world number one when he was runner-up in the epee competition at the IWAS World Cup event in Eger, Hungary, earning his sixth medal of the current Paralympic qualification period.
Piers only started wheelchair fencing in September 2010, quickly progressing through the national rankings. After just two years, he was selected to represent Great Britain in his first international competition. In December 2014, he made history by becoming the first British fencer to win three back-to-back world cup gold medals.
Says Piers: “In 2007 due to the genetic condition Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and an unknown Neurological condition I lost my mobility and became a full-time wheelchair user. After an adjustment period of managing my disability, I decided to look for a sport. I found wheelchair fencing and I haven’t looked back since! It is a sport that challenges the mind as well as the body, and as a fencer you are constantly looking in-depth at your performance and adjusting to the ever-changing tactics of your opponent”.
Piers' father is a desktop infrastructure engineer supporting one of Sopra Steria’s Government clients. We wish Piers and his family good luck in the quest for Rio 2016 qualification.
“My existing wheelchair has been well used over the past years and is understandably showing signs of wear. It is a huge relief to know that I do not have to worry about how I can fund a new chair as I continue in my bid to represent Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Thank you very much Sopra Steria!”
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