15 year old Amber Moss is a fencing athlete from Louth.
Most memorable achievement:
I like winning and have lots of medals for national competitions, but being selected to fence for England made me very proud.
In the past three months I have competed in several competitions, one of these being the British youth championships, where not only did I qualify to compete in to represent Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, I finished an impressive 9th. Another major competition was the English youth championships and I finished 5th in this competition. I have also entered several opens, competing against woman older and stronger. For these competitions I have always been the youngest. I came 5th in the Leeds open, Scotland open 5th and Wrexham open 5th.
The competitions I am now in training for is the Norfolk open, this will take place at the University of East Anglia and I am hoping to get the top 8 or maybe even the top 4. I have a weeks training camp in August at Millfield school from this I am hoping to improve my foot work and blade work and as a whole improve everything I possibly can! The new fencing season starts in September I am hoping this year that I could be selected for the under 18’s Great Britain team. I have already been selected twice for the England team I just now hope I can take it that one step further.
I have also been training hard with the national academy. I went to Loughborough University and trained for two days working hard and pushing myself. Also I have just been to a training day in Birmingham this was also with the national academy. I still regularly train at the gym, improving my muscular and aerobic endurance every time I go.
I have just come back from the Glasgow Open. I had an amazing time. Over two poules I didn’t drop a fight. Went into the DE’s and was knocked out in the last eight. I ended up 7th. So this was much better than I was expecting. I was the youngest fencer there and was knocked out by a 19 year old. I love winning and made new friends there.
I attended a training camp at Loughborough University in March. This was an extremely tiring weekend. I think it was this extra coaching that helped me in Glasgow. My speed and accuracy is getting better and I am able to control my movements and strength better.
I have qualified to represent Yorkshire in the British Youth Championships. This is held over the first weekend in May at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. As I will be fighting in the Under 16 age group I am hoping to get in the last 16 this year and last 8 next year.
I also have the Uhlmann Trophy coming up. This is held at Leeds University on April 21st. Again this is an open competition so I will be against adults. Phew. Just hope to do my best. These competitions give me good experience and should help to build my stamina.
I currently train for two hours a week with my personal coach, Gerry Earl. I train in the gym building stamina and fitness at least once a week. Balance is by biggest problem but I am working on this. I train with Storm Louth ladies basketball team once a week. Although this is a different sport, aspects of this help with fencing.
I was invited to attend the East Lindsey Community Awards at the Riverhead Theatre in Louth. I was nominated for Young Sportsman of the Year and was shortlisted. I came runner up, which was very nice and got a certificate. It was a good evening, which I enjoyed.