This was the Crafter Monkey’s first fencing field trip (and mine) to a tournament. We knew no one fencing, but that did not really matter. Coach arranged for the team to meet up and attend if we wanted to, so of course we wanted to!
It was an education. First you get up early, next: coffee, pack & go, register and check-in, then make camp some where, next stop: equipment check
Loved the Equipment Check Guys, how could you not with a hat like that? I also scouted the First Aid table. Any first-time fencing Mom would! It was the First Aid Dude’s first time too. He admitted he wasn’t sure what to expect, but was told to bring lots of band-aids (not a bad sign). I did keep checking in with him, he always laughed when I asked how was business and he always replied: ‘very slow’. Very reassuring for me.
Next step was to check the pool sheets: figure out where and when you were fencing, then suit up, warm up and wait, fence, repeat. (yeah, I know, kinda like shampooing)
We did get an opportunity to check out the equipment store on hand and a few other vendors while watching bouts for all three weapons: foil, épée, and sabre. Very exciting, especially sabre. Wow do they move fast, I realized that I need a way better camera to even dream of catching the action on a sabre strip. All of my pictures turned out so lame.
The best part of a trip like this is the schmoozing.
En Garde Batavia was well represented by parents and fencers alike. Autographs were signed for aspiring Olympians and words of encouragement were generous from the very gracious Zimmermann sisters.