This Summer has been a busy time for me as an athlete! I was fortunate enough to attend the Fencing National Academy training course in Nottingham. The camp was a week long and enabled me to improve my S and C as well as train under the supervision of the national coaches. Therefore, this camp was brilliant for preparing me for the season and was paid for by my Sports Aid/ASDA grant! Thank you for the opportunity to kick start my training again before the season begins!
Around this time I also took the opportunity to visit almost all the Junior schools in my area, giving assemblies about fencing and how they could get involved. The assemblies were particularly Olympic themed and I encouraged the pupils to have a go themselves, getting two of them to fight each other in the assembly! I also focused on how if they believe and work hard they can achieve. These assemblies, in which my brother and I also fenced, seemed to have gone down very well among the pupils, and I hope to see some coming in to sports from them!
This Sunday was when the season really started for me, when I attended the Bristol Open competition. This was an adult competition, but also an under 20 qualifying event for GB. There were 119 competitors and, having won four of my six poule fights, I was went in to my DE’s ranked 34th. After battling through my DE fights I ended up 30th, giving me a ranking as an under 20 of 13th; this was a particularly good result as I have only just turned 17 and so still have a few years to move up the ranking!
I look forward to the rest of the season!!!