Archive for May, 2013

National Championships 2013

Saskatchewan’s Leland Guillemin writes about his National Championship experience!

Leland Guillemin

This past weekend I competed at the Canadian Fencing Championships in Gatineau, QC. Senior Men’s Epee was held on May 19th. For me to improve my rankings on the High Performance Program I had to finish 1st or 2nd. I was excited to see if I could achieve this daunting task!

I had a sinus cold that was running its course through me since I had returned from Europe (May 14th) and it was still going strong the day of the competition. I was not concerned with this sickness as all it amounted to was an extra challenge! I figured I wouldn’t have the same speed and endurance that I do on a good, healthy day but I knew I could still work around it.

I did a long slow warm up to prepare myself and by the time pools was announced I felt like I had found my…

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Paris – Bern – The Fencing breakdown

Saskatchewan Fencer Leland Guillemin has a wonderful new blog that chronicles his race for the next Olympics.

Leland Guillemin

I left for Paris on May 1st 2013. I had qualified to compete in the Paris World Cup and the Bern Grand Prix tournaments. Paris was scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of May, while Bern was slated for May 11th and 12th. After a bit of deliberation, we decided in order to get the most bang for our buck we had to depart from Saskatoon on the 1st of May, compete at the World Cup, do a training camp in Paris with Danielle Levavasseur and then take a train to Switzerland to compete at the Grand Prix held in Bern before finally coming home. This trip would be the longest trip I’ve had to make so far. I would be away from home for 14 days.

Leading up to the tournaments I had trained harder than ever before and I was feeling…

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