From Last to First
The ultimate guide to fencing for parents of young fencers starting out on their sporting journey.
With the exciting sport of fencing steadily becoming more mainstream in the UK, US and around the world, parents are spending thousands each year to help and encourage their children to train and excel in this unique Olympic sport.
Fencing can be a mysterious world to the uninitiated, and parents and young fencers will have many questions about the sport, the fencer’s potential and the dos and don’ts. From Last to First aims to answer all these questions and many more.
Written by a team comprising Jon Salfield, a leading Youth Development and High Performance coach (London Olympics 2012), and Daniela I. Norris, an experienced author and fencing-parent of an international youth fencer, with input from Strength and Conditioning and Psychology experts, and a foreword from a multiple champion and highly-regarded author, it is meant for anyone who wants to know how to support their young fencer from the start of their fencing adventure, all the way through to success at international competitions.
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…a must read for every parent whose child has started to fence. It answers many of the questions that a parent new to the sport might have. Whether or not your child does make it all the way from ‘Last to First’, this book will help you to ensure the experience your child has in fencing, is the best it can possibly be. ~ Georgina Usher CEO, British Fencing and Grand Prix Epee finalist
As a young fencer who was (and still is!) incredibly passionate about his sport, this comprehensive and intelligent breakdown of how to get the best start in training and competition would have helped me and my family to jump many hurdles and avoid many pitfalls! Full of useful information and insights built up over years of top-level coaching, this is a very valuable resource for any young fencer and their parents. ~ James Honeybone, 2012 Olympian & British Sabre Champion
Fencing has become a way of life for our family, and our daughters have benefited so much from the experience. They have become excellent at managing their time, have developed an outstanding work ethic, and have confidence in themselves and their work. They have made friends all over the world through fencing, and the sport has helped both our daughters to attend world-class universities while continuing to fence for their university and country. There is no doubt that this amazing sport, and the conscientious and structured way in which they were introduced to it and have been coached, has had a huge positive impact on our daughter’s lives, and will continue to do so for many years to come. This book documents much of the process we and many other families have been through, and clarifies some of the mysteries fencing parents face! ~ Richard Chart and Margie Mascolino, Parents of Yvonne Chart (Foil) and Maria Chart (Sabre)
Jon Salfield and Daniela Norris' book ”From Last to First” provides comprehensive answers to both parents and young fencers regarding their journey in our sport from the beginning. The book reads easily and is full of detailed knowledge which should help in raising the standard and speeding up development of young fencers. The right kind of parental support is crucial in the participation and success of young people in every sport and this book captures the very specific requirements for fencing, many of them unique. Such a publication is long overdue and I would recommend this excellent work to every parent and young fencer entering this romantic sport. ~ Ziemek Wojciechowski, GB Olympic Foil Coach
For the young fencer it is very important to start in the right way, with good technique, good footwork and the right mentality. This book explains very clearly the right way to think about fencing and training, and is full of the experience of sabre coach Jon Salfield, who is well-known and respected on the international circuit. From Last to First is very important reading for any young fencer and their parent in any weapon. ~ Peter Frohlich. Olympic and World championship medal-winning coach, Hungary