We all experience motivational dips during the competition season; training nearly every day for hours on end may take its toll on some of us. At times your confidence may falter due to the blank slate that is the unknown future (i.e. point standings to qualify for national team, results at your next big competition, etc.), so how do we counteract these thoughts? I suggest getting your hands on the autobiography “Running With Swords” by Canada’s very own Sherraine Schalm. She has four Olympic games behind her, as well as multiple Pan American Games and World Championship medals to her name. Sherraine’s book is a fantastic display of true dedication, and the potential of what may come if you keep putting in the work to achieve your goals. A little bit of Canadian fencing history to get the season going!
Another fantastic read for those just dipping their toes into the fencing world, “How to Fence Epee” translated from French by our very own BC coach, Brendan Robertson from Okanagan Freestyle Fencing! Check out the link below for more information regarding this brilliant introduction into the technical world of our sport.
“How to Fence Epee”: http://www.howtofenceepee.com/about/
Sherraine Schalm’s Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherraine_Schalm