I am currently settling into my new training schedule which includes a new club! Malvern Hills Sword Fencing, it is a more mature club, with more technically skilled fencers. It will be a more challenging club night and will definitely benefit my fencing for the future. My coach has advised more gym work to generate more explosive power!
Really pleased with my GCSE's and it means I'm going to Hartpury College to do my A'Levels and to train more intensively. I have met my new coach John at West Country Swords fencing camp, which was a fab week. I will still train with my old coach in the holidays (hasn't got rid of me just yet) and they are happy to discuss my training together for continuity! I really can't wait to get started now.
Nationals weekend was at the start of the month- unfortunately it wasn't my best, the lack of training and competing while focusing on exams took its toll on my level of performance. I used the weekend as experience and a chance to refocus on fencing over the summer break.
I have increased the number of days I train with my coach and have increased my fitness by working at home. I have also booked to go on a fencing camp in Malvern towards the end of August in preparation for the new season!
The start of June has been a slow month. Not a lot of training as exams were still going, tried to fit in club nights and training around revision. No competitions this month to concentrate on the exams.
Over the summer I will be training regularly and competing. Nationals are looming which is a busy weekend for the cadet and junior rankings. Despite the little training I hope to have a good performance that will improve my rankings.
Summer will provide a good opportunity to work on smaller issues and really concentrate on fitness as build up for cadet season in October.
Only 2 competitions this month. The BYC at the beginning of the month finishing 24th overall. Getting closer to beating certain opponents with regular training with my coach and re-watching videos to look at how I can progress as an athlete. Trying to maintain fitness and training levels while revising for exams. Fenced at the Luton Open on Sunday, excellent poule results finishing 3rd in my first round and 2nd in my last round. Overall I finished 11th loosing the the silver medalist. Hopefully picking up training levels after exams finish!
Competed in 2 senior events in April. First Women's Elite Epee finishing 16th but losing to a Canadian Olympian 15-7 in the last 16.
Last weekend I fenced in the Senior National Champs. I won my last 64 DE 15-12 against one of the top under 20's fencer in GB. I lost my last 32 but the I never expected to finish 26th out of 64 fencers in an open.
My senior ranking will have increased after both of these events hopefully putting me in the top 100 in open age group!
March 19th I qualified for the British Youth Championships, which take place in May in Sheffield. I also took part in the Independent Schools Fencing Competition in Crystal Palace. Finishing 13th out of 53 fencers.
I supported the revival of the Leicester Open run by the University. I finished 6th place after losing in the quarter finals to the silver medalist. Great to see some more local events!
February has been mainly training for upcoming events in March, this has been both regional and club training nights. I have recently accepted a provisional offer from Hartpury College in Gloucester. I will be part of their Elite Sport Academy and will be the first pure epee fencer at the college.
I have also found out that the World Record attempt for the most fencers in a team event hosted by Leicester Fencing Club in August that I took part in has been validated by Guinness World Records as a new World Record.
New year and in the gym with a fellow Go Gold Athlete by Jan 3rd… good effort. I've done 2 events so far. The Cambridge Winter Tournament adult open event, finishing 9/29 – knocked out by an awkward veteran fencer. Yesterday a British Ranking event for U20's (the age group up). The competition was tough, my poule hard, a chance to try the new plan to extend my skill use and techniques during competition. It went well, my results OK, it gave me a clearer idea on what to work on. 43/61 which I can definitely improve on this year.
This week I travelled to Poland to compete for England in the U15 Challenge Wratislava Epee competition. In my poule round I won three fights out of 6 fights making the cut to compete in the direct eliminators finishing 78th out of 132 girls. In my first DE I unfortunately lost 15-8 to the 58th seed in the competition. I finished 86th overall and achieved my aim of finishing in the top 100 . The whole England Team experience was really enjoyable and was a good insight into how international competitions differ British competitions.
More Information: challengewratislavia.pl
Yesterday i competed in the London Leon Paul competition. Finishing 3rd out of a small field of fencers, where all but one were international fencers. Most of the fencers were using this competition as a warm up for the u17 cadet competition next weekend. Lost to the gold medalist in the semi finals and she is ranked top of the u15 age group this year so she deserved to win, she fenced the best out of all of us. We took videos and it has given me things that i can improve. Overall a good day.
I had some good news before Christmas, i have been selected to fence for the u15 England squad in Poland in Wroclaw this March. Really happy to be able to compete abroad at this competition.
Yesterday i competed in the Cambridge winter open. It was a competition to gain some experience against older fencers, i was please with my fencing and ended up taking a bronze medal, after loosing in the Semi final.
I've just come back from a brilliant weekend fencing at Millfield School, Somerset in the regional team competition The Cadet Winton. East Mids Epee again had a very young team as its an U17 competition. I was pleased with my performance although it was tiring I had 27 matches over 2 days. I had some great wins against very highly ranked fencers, the atmosphere was great and YES, fencing can be a team sport :-)
It has been a while. Summer is quiet in Epee - I spent this time training twice weekly with my coach and a residential in August.
Im struggling with a foot problem so Im starting the competition season slowly. The picture was taken from my weekend cadet (U17) comp in London, I'm the short fencer - closest (green light on - yey). I finished 30/54 meeting the silver medallist in the second round of DE. Im happy with my progress, I took the lead from early but my opponents age and experience won through.
Things are moving in the right direction... :-)
Today was a Big Day! My first ever open event. It was two rounds of poules before direct eliminators. I saw most of the GBR Cadet, Junior and Senior Squad and fenced a good few of them. Even winning some of those matches. I've finished 42nd out of 61!
I will now take this confidence forward to gain ranking points in my own age category for the remainder of the season.
After a difficult British Youth Champs in May when I had to fight through illness (21/49), I have had some more promising results. Training has been going well and every comp from now on is on an adult sword :-)
The England Youth Champs were last week, after a difficult poule round I gained focus for direct elimination. Fighting through to the last 16 having knocked out the number 3 seed to get there. My final place was 16 which taught me that the poules matter, more points early would have placed me higher.
Hi Go-Gold, since my last entry I have qualified for the British Youth Championships, which will be taking place on Monday 4th May.
I did an under 20 competition in Newcastle, purely for experience, i got to fence the commonwealth silver medalist!
On Wednesday 18th March, I competed in the Independent Schools Championships, in London. I had a good round of poules, and when the Direct Eliminators started, I beat my first opponent, and my second, the second fights was a harder match and the final score was 15-12. I lost my 3rd DE and finished 8th out of 58 fencers.
Hi Go-Gold, I'm on the build up to the British Youth Championships, my qualifier is on the 14th March. So far preparation is going well. I've gone back down to a junior sword (without any issue) - the BYC will be my last event to use a small sword. Saturdays training session was physically tough, allot of core work, but I coped. Fingers crossed for a good result in the qualifier but I'm feeling confident. I'm loving the gym membership thanks Everyone Active! (in Melton Mowbray).
Travelled to Sports Dock at University of East London on Saturday 14.02.2015. Had an encouraging day making the step up finishing 29th out of 54. After poule made the cut and in the 1st direct eliminator beat a fencer on this years England squad to reach the last 32. I then came up against a member of the GB squad and was knocked out 15-8 and this girl went on to finish 3rd in the competition. A great start to a category that I have 3 seasons to compete in.