Sixteen ECfencers took part in our two day training camp in the Eric Liddell Sports Centre at the start of the May half term.
Mick Johnson looked after the foilists and sabreurs (our foil coach, Chris Galesloot was in Holland competing in the Dutch Championships).
David Buist, epeeist, who as a Junior was ranked in the top 40 in the world and has been coaching the GB Junior squad since 2006, led our footwork routines and worked with our epeeists.
Jon Rhodes taught all our fencers how to sprint properly (not exactly needed for fencing but an obvious benefit for other sports). Performance sessions included coordination for the younger fencers and focusing & regaining confidence for the older fencers.
Official ECfencing training diaries were introduced to the fencers. Spike has been testing out our training diary for the past couple of months which is a A5 portfolio folder containing information and other ‘stuff’ to help our fencers prepare, train and compete. It is intended that these diaries become a way of life for our fencers, just like wiki is for homework!
Steve Hyman, armourer, taught our younger fencers about kit maintenance and fixed all our broken kit.
At the end of the camp I hope our fencers left more knowledgeable, and had a fun time.
Photos from the camp are here