Initially I got involved in fencing at age 7 quite simply because I needed something to do on a Saturday morning while my mum was at work and the fencing class filled the time slot.
I enjoy being a sportsman because a lot of skills that I have gained in sport translate into situations outside of sport such as being organised for college and keeping a cool head during exams.
My sporting heroes would probably be all of the veterans at my club because even after over 50 years of participation in some cases, they all still love doing sport.
A typical week for me would be college from 9:00-4:30 every day with fencing training on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also coach the juniors at my local club on saturday mornings from 9:00-12:00. I have competitions regularly at weekends and once a month I travel to London to train with the World Class Talent Programme which I have been on for a year now. Any free time I have I spend with friends and family.
My TS5C grant has helped me by easing the financial pressures of keeping up with the costs of training, traveling to competitions (including plane flights and hotels for internationals) and the upkeep of my kit which must be of the highest standard to even be allowed into the level of competition in which I compete due to safety reasons. Without the grant, I would not be able to remain one of the best fencers of my age group in Britain because since fencing is dominated by private schools, paying for training and traveling to competitions is less of an issue for the majority of my competitors.