Competing against 150 top junior athletes from across the world might phase a lot of people but Prior Park fencers, Ed and Charlie are taking it all in their stride. With more than 25 countries taking part, the pair are travelling this week to face fencers from countries such as Finland, Denmark, Israel, India, Russia and Turkey to name a few.
An annual elite competition, Challenge Wratislava is hosted in Wroclaw, Poland over three days where children of all ages compete in the disciplines of foil, epee and sabre. The target foil is the chest, epee is the whole body and sabre is the top half of the body only.
Ed and Charlie are representing England in the U13 age category for foil and epee and are looking forward to the competition.
We've had good preparation fencing in different national standard competitions around the country over the past 18 months and are looking forward to stepping up to the next level to challenge ourselves again.Ed
I can't wait to get over there now and try my hardest for my parents, my school and Swindon Fencing Club.Charlie
Fencing Coach, Neil Bromley, who also runs Swindon Fencing Club, will accompany the boys' families on the trip and they are joined by another of his students, Elysia from Bath. He has his own three musketeers flying the flag for England!
I am thrilled for both Ed and Charlie who have trained exceptionally hard over the past 18 months in order to represent England at the highest level. They put in the work in training and then hone the skills they learn when sparring, ready to be put into action on the piste when it really matters. In the preliminary rounds, drawn before the competition starts both Ed and Charlie are seeded in the top quarter in both foil and epee which shows they are not being taken lightly. On their day they are a handful for any fencer in their age group and this will be great experience for them as they develop.Neil Bromley, Prior Park Fencing Coach