Interview with Jacob Foulsham
Jacob joined Reigate College from Reigate School and is in the Lower Sixth studying A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths.
Why did you choose Reigate College?
Coming from Reigate School and living locally it was a natural transition for me, especially as my sisters and cousins have always said great things about it.
How did you first get involved in Fencing?
There was a Fencing club at my primary school and I was curious to see what it was like so I joined in Year 5. Our coach got us doing competitions within months.
What do you most enjoy about it?
I love competing – no matter how big or small the competition, nothing beats the feeling of winning! This is what motivates me to train and put the hours in every week.
How often do you train?
Normally, I’ll have 3/4 sessions a week at the Redhill and Reigate Epee Club and I also do strength and conditioning training at the Performance Elite gym in Reigate.
How do you prioritise between studying and Fencing?
Finding time for both is hard but I always try and get College work done as soon as I can.
What opportunities have you had to compete?
I’ve competed in many Under 17 International competitions over the past three years, and from these I’ve gone on to the European U17 Championships in Sochi and Foggia. I have the World Championships in Poland in about a month’s time.
How do you fit training/ competing around your College work?
The College has assisted me greatly, with teachers helping me get back up to speed and giving me extra support when I’ve needed it. I’m extremely grateful for this. Along with their support, my timetable has worked out so that I haven’t had to miss too many lessons when I’ve been away, and again this has been a massive help.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to continue with Fencing, despite the challenges of juggling this with a medical career, which is what I plan to pursue after College.
Jacob Foulsham, March 2019