Bronze for Matilda at Eastern Regional Fencing Championships
Having only taken up the sport a year ago, Matilda G has won a bronze medal at the Eastern Regional Fencing Championships and qualified for the British Championships in May.
Matilda competes with the sabre which is one of three weapons in modern fencing, the others being the épée and foil. In this discipline it is possible to score with the edge of the blade making movements and attacks very fast. Matilda chose to learn sabre as it is often considered the hardest of the three and thought that was a good place to start! She took up the sport after going to a taster session with her father and discovering she loved it.
Matilda commented on the competition, "I was really nervous on the day of the competition, my parents were saying just have fun but my coach was saying let's go win! When they checked the length of our sabres I had a size 5 (88cm), which is an adult length and we were meant to have a size 2 (82cm), so I had to keep borrowing from other people throughout the day. I did well and learnt just to have fun and not to worry. I'm now looking forward to the British Championships that will definitely be much tougher than the regionals but it will be a good experience and as long as I train hard and do my best I will be happy with any result. Thank you to my coach Bob Bales and to Tracey Russen who teaches fencing at the Royal Hospital School and who came along to the competition."
Fencing runs in the family it seems and Matilda's younger brother Rufus also competed in the regional competition. He is new to the sport as well and competes as a sabreur – we look forward to watching his progress through the sport and reporting on his achievements in the future.