Britain’s top-ranked fencer, Marcus Mepstead, attended the December Athlete Development Programme (ADP) Foil Camp as a guest mentor.
The December ADP Foil camp was delighted and privileged to have Marcus Mepstead, British Fencing’s highest-ranked fencer and recent FIE World Cup medallist, attend as a mentor for the younger fencers. Marcus delivered one-to-one sparring sessions and provided feedback to each fencer afterwards. He also delivered two presentations, giving an insight into the planning and professionalism required to be successful at the international level.
Following the camp, Marcus said, “It was great to work with some of the younger generation of athletes and help them prepare for the rest of the season and their careers ahead. Hopefully the work we did over the past two days can motivate and encourage them to find the best versions of themselves.”
ADP Lead Foil Coach and Olympic Team Manager, Johnny Davis, said, “We are really appreciative of Marcus finding the time in his schedule to attend the camp. It’s essential that we capture the experience of our world class athletes such as Marcus and communicate these learnings back to our younger generations. Marcus did that perfectly and modelled exemplary behaviour. Thanks also to all of the ADP coaches – Richard Kruse, Ben Peggs, Michal Janda and Pete Barwell – for their input into the camp.”
The Athlete Development Programme (ADP) is a six weapon programme that exists to support athletes in achieving Olympic success and inspiring others. It covers athletes from age 15 to 35 (and beyond for those performing at Olympic level) who are moving through a defined development pathway to success at the highest level of fencing. Find out more about the programme here.
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