Eight British athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2014 World Savate Assaut Championships in Rome this November. Savate is a European kickboxing art characterised by style, fluidity, flamboyance and the wearing of hard boots!
GB Savate receives no formal sponsorship, unlike many of the other national teams. Despite the lack of funding every year British athletes bring home medals and win the respect of the world’s Savate community.
Team members pay for their own regular training, GB squad training, travel to and from GB and international tournaments, championships travel and accommodation, entry fees and many other things besides. Our dedicated band of coaches and officials also pay their own way to support our fighters.
Team members also all regularly volunteer their time and energy to coach and train other members of the GB Savate community, to officiate and help run events, to support Savate in other countries where support is needed, and in some cases to teach people related arts and self defense. They are a dedicated and loyal group of individuals with the best interests of the sport at heart.
We are a force to be reckoned with... But currently we don’t look the part...
This is where you come in!
In recent years we have simply had a jacket to set us apart as team GB, and no formal team kit to wear in the ring, putting us at a significant sartorial disadvantage to other teams! This year we would like to buy smart, new kit to look like the successful team that we have proved ourselves to be over the years. This cost would stretch our team members and so this is why we ask for your support in funding it.
We are appreciative of all support we are given, and we hope that our rewards go a little towards thanking you for all of your support and in encouraging you to get involved with GB Savate.
Meet the fighters of Team GB 2014
Morgan Alexander (right) won Bronze at the last World championships in 2012. She has also represented GB in Canne de Combat and is an instructor at Cambridge Academy of Martial Arts.
James Antill (left) has been World and European vice-champion. He runs the Guildford Savate club along with Rachel.
George Bushaway (left) is a newcomer to the team. He has showed great promise and has been a regular competitor at open tournaments, as well as the British championships.
Sian-Marie Clark (left) has already represented GB in the Savate combat European championships this year. She has won Bronze previously at the World University championships and teaches one-on-one in London.
Laura Gilbert (right) has previously been a European Bronze medallist and 4th in the World. She founded the successful Oxford Savate club and is the Great Britain Savate Federation’s Director of Technique.
Tom Handley (right) has represented previously at the World University championships as well as on the GB team, and has accompanied the team as a coach.
Rachel Shore (left) has been World and European vice-champion. She runs Guildlford Savate with James Antill.
James Southwood (left) is reigning European bronze medallist, and a former European vice-champion and World Bronze medallist. He runs the London Savate club and coaches many squad training sessions.