Andy Byrne, one of our Senior Physios, spent a week in Germany recently at an International Fencing Training camp, keeping everyone in top shape. Here's what he had to say:
"This was my third time at the Haverstock Training camp. The camp has been going for 17 years, but for the last 4 years is has been held at the Olympic Training centre in Tauberbischofsheim in Germany. The event is organised by Jon Willis, former British No. 1 and two-time World Cup Winner. I did his rehab after hip surgery and we became friends, and he asked me if I would go and provide the medical cover and Physiotherapy at the camp.
It's a great week. Just over one hundred fencers were on the camp this year, mostly British, but also Dutch, French, American and there was a group of Japanese Cadet fencers, making it the biggest single weapon training camp in the world! My role is to be there to keep everyone fencing which means, treating injuries, plenty of massage for weary legs after the intense training, taping, first aid and amateur Psychology. Then there is keeping the Coaches going as well as they are all working all day everyday and that inevitably takes its' toll on them.
There is a really nice atmosphere on the camp, and you can really see people improving over the course of the week. Having been there for the last two years as well, it's great to catch up with familiar faces. The training facility itself is brilliant: Huge training halls, gym, swimming pool, sauna, accomodation and canteen all under the same roof. They even have beer in the vending machine!"
Jon Willis, organiser of the Camp said: "We are really lucky to have an experienced physio on the camp with us. With 6 days hard training, fencers are going to get injured. Andy works hard all week treating the athletes so they can get back to the training as soon as possible"
The Japanese fencers having a group session