Lucas Bunnetat - Fencing

Lucas Bunnetat  

Sport: Fencing 

Academic course: Master of Business Administration (MBA)  

Hometown: Boston

Best sporting achievement/personal best: Brighton Open 5th Place

2020/21 goal in sport: Ranked top 100 Foil, maybe even a cheeky top 70 if everyone else is now fat and slow from lockdown.

How did you manage to continue training/practice sport or keep fit during the Covid-19 lockdown? The house was already stuffed with gym equipment, so S&C during lockdown was sorted. On top of that there was lots of sad one-person footwork drills, and then technical practise with my partner who is a qualified fencing coach.

2021 is now the Olympic Year. What is your favourite past Olympic Moment? Super Saturday (2012). Come on, it was amazing!

Patrick Stillman, Fencing scholars profile

Patrick Stillman  

Sport: Fencing

Academic course: MA Sociology 

Hometown: Southend on Sea, Essex 

Best sporting achievement/personal best: 3rd Place Wales Senior National Championships 

2020/21 goal in sport: Continue on my path to qualify for the 2022 Fencing Commonwealth Games

How did you manage to continue training/practice sport or keep fit during the Covid-19 lockdown? Lots of Cycling and Running combined with a bit of target practice on a pillow stuffed fencing jacket in my garden

2021 is now the Olympic Year. What is your favourite past Olympic Moment? Sangyoung Park’s epic 14-10 comeback to win men’s Epee gold in Rio. This is made even more impressive by the fact epee has ‘double touches’ so if both fencers touch at the same time, they both get a point. So Park made 5 single light hits in a row to win the gold.

Caroline Van Eldik, Fencing scholars profile

Caroline Van Eldik 

Sport: Fencing

Academic course: International Business, Keynes 

Hometown: Dusseldorf, Germany 

Best sporting achievement/personal best: My greatest achievement has been winning the Dutch National Championships gaining me a place on the Dutch National team to go to the World Championships in 2016.

2020/21 goal in sport: Medal at BUCS nationals

How did you manage to continue training/practice sport or keep fit during the Covid-19 lockdown? At the start of lockdown the only trainingI was able to do was bodyweight exercises on my yoga mat like ab workouts and yoga. Later on I started going for runs and long bike rides to keep up my endurance.

2021 is now the Olympic Year. What is your favourite past Olympic Moment? One of my favourite Olympic moments was in 2016, when I watched the Men’s epee finals and the score was 14-10 to the Hungarian fencer Imre. He only needed one more point to win the gold medal, but the other fencer Park from Korea didn’t lose hope and fought with every last bit of energy he had left and was able to turn the match around completely and he won. I had never been more stressed but excited while watching a match.

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