Luke Mason, 16, from Weston College took part in a European cadet circuit fencing competition in December in Grenoble, France. He was up against some of the best cadets in the world.
Starting strong in the first round of pools he won four out of 6 bouts. The second round of pools was a lot harder winning 2, losing 3, these were literally by a point so could have gone either way.
Unfortunately he was seeded 64th which meant he'd be fencing a similar seeded athlete, who was a Spaniard seeded at 65.
This first direct elimination match was frantic with both fencers keeping fairly level up to the first period.
Luke changed tactics in the 2nd period and became more offensive scoring with some well timed hits gaining a lead and winning 15 12.
If Luke had maybe scored 1 more point during the pools he may have avoided his next opponent until later on, but the next match was against the current world cadet champion a left handed Italian.
Luke did manage to score 5 points but the speed and skill of his opponent was overwhelming and won before the first period. This guy went on to win!
Still Luke fenced with determination and didn't give up giving it his best shot, his final position was 54th out of 196.