Dominic de Almeida, 19, studies psychology at Goldsmiths and is a Team GB Fencer...
A. I’ve been competing domestically and internationally for team GB. In that time, I’ve won the U23 British Championships and placed 6th at the first Junior World Cup of the season in London in the individuals. I also placed 72nd at the first Senior World Cup in Bonn, which was an Olympic qualifying event, out of 280+ entrants. I also received qualification for the U20 European Championships in Italy, last week. I have maintained my British junior number 1 ranking. I also competed in Paris for the largest and most prestigious Senior World Cup, similar to Wimbledon for tennis, where in the team event we finished 12th out of 30 teams. While this wasn’t ideal for our qualification attempts we still gained points from last year.
A. Well over Christmas I went to Prague in Czech Republic for a training camp with my coach and some of the best fencers in Europe. The week after that I also travelled to Bangkok for the second Junior World Cup of the season, where I placed 21st. I was disappointed with this result as I wanted to improve on my 6th in London but it was a decent performance due to the fact I was dealing with heavy jet lag and hadn't acclimatised at the time of competition.
A. The next month is crazy for me as I will have three competitions in three weeks! Next week I’m travelling to Leszno in Poland for the 3rd Junior World Cup of the season. The week after I’ll be in Turin, Italy, for another Senior Grand Prix. And finally the week after that I’ll be travelling to Terrassa in Spain for the last Junior World Cup of the season before Euros and Worlds - so I’m very much looking forward to it all!