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zygon
-15th January 2013, 20:32
Hi,

I'm thinking of giving vets fencing a go - specifically the age groups comp- but not sure if I'm up to standard.
I'm a decent club foilist (bronze in county championship last year) but don't have any experience of national competitions and have only been fencing a few years. I qualify for age group 1.
I'm a bit worried that it might be a bad experience being the whipping boy if everyone else are ex-olympians!

Should I give it a go, what do you reckon?

Foilling Around
-15th January 2013, 20:38
Definately no ex-olympians in the Cat 1 foil

With apologies to the current entries, the Cat 2 is stronger - and I am not the strongest

zygon
-15th January 2013, 21:07
Thanks for that. I'll probably give it a go, for the experience if nothing else. Just a bit nervous about it, that's all!

Danum
-15th January 2013, 21:32
I entered my first age groups after I had only been fencing a few months. Stop being nervous and get your entry in!!

max
-16th January 2013, 08:39
A look at who's entered shows 8 already, 4 men and 4 women. This is a uni-sex event so you'll get at least 8 fights as I'm led to believe the comp is run with poules unique. This will be my first age groups comp too and I'm looking forward to it.

Go for it, I'd say.

zygon
-16th January 2013, 10:01
Thanks. I'm going to give it a go. See you next weekend!

J_D
-17th January 2013, 12:41
I had intended to go this year, but unfortunately had to withdraw.

Get your entry in, and do the Veterans' British Nationals too, always a good competition regardless of your standdard, you will enjoy being a vet

MKCap
-18th January 2013, 17:52
I will probably pop along to watch some as it is just down the road from me, that and I need to get a couple of bits from LP before Slough. Might even be able to provide a warm up for epee if anyone wants one :D

CornishEpeeist
-18th January 2013, 18:57
If you go in with the right attitude (knowing you may not win!), and you know it's all about experience, you should have a great time!

Get your entry in and happy fencing!

Foilling Around
-18th January 2013, 21:14
Just started my training programme for next weekend.

Being daft, I have decided to do the sabre to warm up for the foil!

Vicomte_de_Bragelonne
-18th January 2013, 21:41
Just started my training programme for next weekend.

Being daft, I have decided to do the sabre to warm up for the foil!

You mean there's training involved?!

Foilling Around
-18th January 2013, 22:40
Yeah, a whole week's worth..... If I remain fit!

Vicomte_de_Bragelonne
-19th January 2013, 09:14
Glad I'm not in Cat 2 with all that training going on and ex-Olympians & GB team involved!

holding wrong end
-23rd January 2013, 14:44
I've entered,although feeling way out of my depth,My first vet comp,it should be fun.

nurrycat
-24th January 2013, 11:08
I've entered,although feeling way out of my depth,My first vet comp,it should be fun.

It will be - highly competitive and good natured. You won't be out of your depth - relax and have fun.

max
-27th January 2013, 19:01
If you go in with the right attitude (knowing you may not win!), and you know it's all about experience, you should have a great time!

Get your entry in and happy fencing!

I went with that attitude and had a great day fencing. First time at the Age Groups and ended up in a fence off for third place! Lost that to an Olympic epeeist but did manage to beat another Olympic epeeist on the way.

Brilliant fun and thanks to John Mason for persuading me to enter.