Sixth Former Moves Up the Ranks

in British Fencing Championships

After attending the Southern Region qualifiers for the British Championships, I ended up qualifying in all three disciplines/weapons, which are Foil, Épée and Sabre. Each discipline uses a different sword, has a different target area, as well as different rules. At the time I didn’t know, but later on found out that I was the only person to qualify for all three weapons in the U18 Men’s in the whole of Britain! A few months later I travelled to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for 4 days, during which time I competed in the British Championships U18 Men’s Foil, Épée and Sabre competitions. I ended up placing 37th in the Foil, 18th in the Sabre and 31st in the Épée. The most exciting event was probably the Épée, which is my main weapon. After a terrible pool round, I clawed it back in Direct Elimination, coming up against someone seeded more than 20 places higher than me in the Round of 64, however won 15-9, securing my place in the Round of 32. This time, once again, I was placed against someone seeded much higher than me, and unfortunately after a long bout lost 15-11. I was disappointed as I made quite a few mistakes during this bout, but ended up with a decent result nonetheless.