Feeling Welcome and Valued
I spent all day today at a youth fencing tournament. I was the designated “first-aider” in case of accident. Fortunately there were no injuries. I was also designated photographer so I took pictures all day. It was a great day. The fencing community is so very supportive. I feel so blessed to be a part of it all. I would love for my back to heal quickly so that I can again be competitive. In the meantime, I enjoy coaching the little kids (10 and under) a lot. They’re so much fun! And I’ve mastered “the look” so I have control of my classes!
Since my injury a year ago, I have been in and out of fencing hoping to have a full-on bout and still walk the next day. I have been missing training with another club because I can’t work all day, sit in the car for 2 hours, fence, then another hour in the car and be ok. Today though, I spent some time with the members and coaches of that club and they told me to come back soon to join them. It may not sound like a lot, but I’m so very touched that they have missed me this past year. Fencers are wonderful people, and the ones that aren’t don’t generally continue with the sport