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This week I’m in Scotland in a small costal town called Largs, working during the day and off to the Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014 in the evening.

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Yesterday was Men’s Epee and Women’s Sabre and to my amazement one of the British Women is a fencer I see occasionally at Chilwell, unfortunately she did not get to the last 8. Today was Mens Sabre and Women’s Foil and both were great to see.

Seeing any sport with the top athletes around is special and fencing is no different.

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The speed and skill of the fencers is incredible, but what is clear is that what goes on in a fencers head determines the outcome, the body language has been fascinating. Today one woman was clearly beaten by what was going on in her head not by her opponent, over the last 2 days what has struck me is how vital the mental game is.

It was not really my plan to shoot whilst I was here, but I would only regret it if I didn’t – well that’s what I tell myself! The day to day images I see of fencing are either crisp and pin sharp or black and white, thats just not me – so here are a few images of the fastest sport on earth shot with urgency, speed, power – and all the passion of winning!

 

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ImageIt is well known that in business we are always at the sharp end and to share something personal for a change, about 10 months ago and having been looking for something (for some time) that would change my work life balance to include at least something non work, I took up fencing – and there is a story in there too!

I started in April 2013 and as an unfit, dyslexic and definitely uncoordinated dancer initially I saw my own shortcomings. However the club I joined (Chilwell Blades) have a plan and for all newcomers in their first term they aim to get all who make it to the end of term through their bronze proficiency and in July I was excited to get my award!

ImageFencing is huge fun, and for a dyslexic who struggles to make any form of contact on a regular basis between an approaching ball and a racquet it offers an entirely new proposition.

Thanks to my peers and many other patient club members it’s gone well, so much so that a week ago I took part in the local beginners and intermediates  regional competition, to my amazement and delight I took the bronze in the beginners, and having learnt as I took part in the pools for the intermediates and worked out where I went wrong in the beginners  I took gold in the male intermediates competition, as I write this I am the East Midlands Regional Intermediate Male Champion……Yahoo!!

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And thank you to Oscar for the pictures that prove it – I am fencer on the left in the top 2!!