PLYMOUTH College fencer Ben Andrews has headed out to the Cadet and Junior World Championships in Bulgaria boosted by a new sponsorship deal.
The teenager has secured backing from prestigious private bank Arbuthnot Latham, who also sponsor European Tour golfer John Parry, Porsche Carrera Cup driver Dino Zamarelli and the Grand Prix Cars Association, as well as rugby and cricket events.
Andrews is Britain’s top under-17 epee fencer and on Monday will test himself against the best young cadet fencers on the planet at the World Championships in Plovdiv.
The Plymouth College student only visited the Bulgarian city a few weeks ago when he competed for Great Britain at the European Championships.
Andrews was Britain’s top performing cadet epeeist at the Europeans. He was the only one to reach the round of 32, finishing 19th overall out of 110 qualifiers.
His GB team-mates Dominic Paul, Josh Willcox and Billy Shepherd finished 48th, 49th and 59th, respectively.
Andrews also helped GB to a top eight finish in the epee team event at the Europeans.