The IWAS World Championships World Championships 2017 brought mixed emotions for me.
I felt I had prepared well and was ready to contest the title but whilst travelling to Rome I started to feel unwell and by the next day I was feeling really unwell with whatever Virus I had picked-up and it was a real challenge to keep pushing hard but it is what it is and whilst it is something that every athlete dreads at a prestigious event like this, you just have to get on with it, so I did my best to stay focused.
Whilst I was thrilled to make this a double podium event for me, winning Bronze in Sabre and Silver in Epee, I was also frustrated that I could not maintain my performance when in the Men's Cat A Epee final !
My Sabre competition started of really well and continued that way until I met my Nemesis in the L4 - Maxim Shaburov who was able to take control of the match and win 15 - 9, it was disappointing but I was thrilled to have achieved a World Championship bronze in my first season competing this weapon.
The next day saw me compete in my first weapon, Epee. I feel that I fenced well and won all of my matches comfortably and in the L4 where I met and beat Artur Yusupov of Russia 15 - 4 ! And so to the Final, and again, my Nemesis Maxim Shaburov of Russia.
The match was fairly even, going hit for hit until about the mid-way point in the match where, struggling to maintain my focus/energy through illness, I went on the defensive. This proved to be the wrong decision and Shaburov took control and ultimately the match 15 - 12.
Although at the time, I was gutted to loose the match, on reflection, I did the best that I could do on the day. I had put in the preparation but on the day, it didn't go my way and looking back, I am thrilled to have had such a strong result with a double World championship podium and also a great season, having won a total of 8 Podiums, 5 of them Gold !
Now back to reality and planning for the 2018 season!