National Training Camp | Lucas's Blog
Published 22 December 2015 (AEDT) | Author (incomplete)
I’m writing this blog update from the AIS halls of residence in Canberra where we’ve got our national end of year training camp going on. It’s the largest of its kind with around 120 athletes and coaches taking part. Since Australia’s fencers often live in different cities and generally only see each other at national and international competitions these training camps are great for the development of a smaller sport like ours. That said, they’re hard work and my legs are starting to feel the burn of continuous bouting, exercises and conditioning already. I’m not sure whether I’d ever say that I’m thankful for ice baths but at times like these they certainly do help.
This training camp comes just two and a half weeks after I was last in Canberra for the Australian National Championships. It was a challenging competition with several competitors in good touch that day. However I managed to maintain my recent run of good form and claim my first open national championship, edging out my club mate Matt in a very close final. I was very happy again with the way I managed to control my matches and also my ability to change tactics if things weren’t quite going my way, particularly in the final where I needed to keep a very clear head to keep myself in the match at several critical points. As a bonus our Victorian team put in a strong performance in the teams competition the next day, claiming the gold medal over New South Wales in a see sawing final. Overall it was a very successful weekend.
In other news amidst all the travelling, training and competing I graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Arts a few days ago. I’m sometimes surprised that I’ve managed to keep up with studying full time and fence as much as I do but I owe a lot of that to the University who have been incredibly supportive. The work doesn’t end there though as I’m due to start my Masters of Criminology early next year. I’m really looking forward to it.
Looking ahead after a short break for Christmas the team is on the road again to train and compete in Europe. There are world cup competitions in Paris and Bonn which may be critical in deciding who gets to represent Australia at the Olympic Qualifier. As if that didn’t put enough emphasis on how big these competitions are they’re also two of the biggest Men’s Foil competitions in the world. In typical fashion no one is really thinking about that though. Everyone is just excited for the challenges ahead and the opportunity to test themselves against the world’s best, myself included. I look forward to keeping everyone updated from Europe.
Bye for now.