Q+A: Claire B. '20

Claire B. ’20 began fencing when she was 10 years old. Earlier this year, she joined the U.S. Cadet National Team for the World Championships.

How did you get involved in fencing?

I got involved with fencing after hearing about it from some friends at my elementary school. I assumed it would be a fun activity that replicated the scene in the Parent Trap, but it was the furthest thing from it. It was a lot of hard work and dedication from the start. At the beginning, I really didn't like it. I would do anything to get out of practice, but as time went on, I began to be more invested and eventually fell in love with the sport, my coaches, and my club mates.

 

How did you feel when you qualified to join the U.S. Cadet National Team for the World Championships?

Up until the very last moment, I was completely stressed out because I was neck and neck with two other girls. This past year was a hard journey for me because I felt the constant need to excel at each tournament I attended. It was probably the toughest thing I have ever had to fight for, but the moment they announced my name at the podium made it all worth it.

What was your favorite part of the World Championships?

The energy. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. It was more special than a regular tournament because each athlete had the same goal: to win. I felt really at home because of the fact that I deserved to be there and knew that even if I lost, I would go down fighting. That security in myself is something I have never really felt before this competition.

 

How have you balanced training with school work?

Because of the training and travel schedule, I have learned a lot about time management and discipline. My teachers have been kind enough to meet with me and help me in every way possible and because of this, I got to achieve one of my dreams. I am doing my best to stay diligent, intelligent and kind—all things that Marlborough values. n


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