Athlete Profile: Caitlin Chang

Caitlin Chang
Age: 15
Town: Harrogate
Sport: Fencing

1. How did you get involved with your sport? How old were you?

I saw two girls fencing at the Royal Armouries which was holding a tournament. I was 8 years old and wanted to be like them.

2. Where do you train?

Harrogate Fencing Club, which is in Harrogate High School. I also do fitness training at home in the garage as I am too young to go to a gym. My V-fit gym equipment was given to me by Beny Sports. They have sponsored me by giving me a multi-gym, a cross trainer and a rowing machine.

3. Describe a typical week in your sporting life (how many times you train, how long you train for etc.)

I train every day. Monday – 40 minutes cross trainer, multi-gym plus stretch; Tuesday – I hour fencing lesson; Wednesday – 1.5 hours sparring; Thursday – 40 minutes cross trainer, multi-gym plus stretch; Friday – 40 minutes cross trainer, multi-gym plus stretch; Saturday and Sunday – competition or more of the same training in the garage if I am not competing. I also have a series of leg exercises I have to do every night to help me with my knees as my knees hurt during and after competitions.

4. What is your greatest sporting achievement so far?

Becoming the British number 1 in the U17 (cadet) ranking by doing well in international and domestic events; therefore being selected for both the World and European Championships.

5. When is your next big competition? What are you doing to prepare for this?

Last weekend was the (senior) British Championships and I did really well coming 5th. My next big competition is the UK School Games. I am attending an England team training camp this weekend and will be going to a week long fencing camp next month plus a weekend camp a week before the Games.

6. What are your sporting goals and dreams?

To medal at senior level and to medal at the Olympics.

7. Who is your sporting hero and why?

Fernando Torres – he has achieved so much with Liverpool and Spain and also showing good sportsmanship.

8. How do you cope with nerves before a big competition?

I listen to music whilst warming up and talk to my friends.

9. What do you enjoy most about being an athlete?

Being able to represent my country, Great Britain and England.

10. Who is your biggest supporter and why?

My family – they put in a lot of money, time and effort to help me achieve what I want.

Please list your key sporting achievements including the date:

  • 5th British Nationals (senior) (July 2008)
  • Won British Youth Championships 6 times (2008 epee, 2007 epee, 2006 foil and epee, 2005 foil, 2003 foil)
  • Won England Youth Championships 2 times (2008, 2007)
  • Placed 32 out of 227 at Heidenheim, Germany, U17 International (November 2007)
  • Placed 32 out of 243 at Grenoble, France, U17 International ( December 2007)
  • 8th Essex Open (senior) (September 2007)
August 2020
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