Colin's goal this year for fencing is to compete in more competitions leading up to the big Provincials in May/June. He started off sticking to his goal by competing in the first local competition of the season. We drove out to Coquitlam last Sunday and had a very long day waiting to fence, fencing, waiting again and waiting some more. There was lots of fencing though!
There were 27 fencers in Colin's category and Colin's goal was to finish in the top 10. After the round-robin poules, he was disappointed with his 12th place standing even though he had only lost one match.
He went into the direct elemination round (DEs), with high hopes after checking out his competition during poules. He thought maybe he could do better than top ten. As Colin has been known to do in competitions, he just kept winning, making it to the round of 16, then to the round of 8 and to the round of 4, ensuring him a medal.
In the semi-finals, Colin faced a very technical fencer from Bellevue, Washington. Colin led throughout the match but his opponent scored some points near the end of time to keep it close but Colin still pulled out the win. He was so happy...he would be fencing in the final.
In the final, Colin's opponent got three quick points on him and I could tell by Colin's face he knew that he was in trouble. Colin scored five points against another very good fencer from Bellevue (a sibling of the other) and lost in the final. He had won a silver medal and said, "hey, I haven't got a silver for awhile" and was happy with that!
Not bad for the first competition of the season! So proud of your determination and fencing skills and smarts Colin!