Sophie Williams: Sibling rivalry set me on path to London 2012 fencing appearance
Sophie Williams started fencing because she wanted to beat her younger brother in a sword fight.
Now the 21-year-old from Winsley, near Bath, spends her time taking on the best sabreurs in the world, showing enough potential to earn a place at London 2012.
The former King Edward’s and Prior Park pupil will be in action at the ExCel Arena on Wednesday afternoon and, while not expected to be in medal contention at these Games, believes she is already capable of beating anyone.
“I’m looking on these Olympics as experience and then by the time I get to 2016 I believe I can be in medal contention,” said the former Bath Sword Club member, who only made her senior international debut last July.
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“I think I’ll have a tough draw but I’m perfectly capable of beating anyone else on the piste.”
Williams has come a long way since first being introduced to the sport ten years ago.
“I started fencing at King Edward’s Junior School in Year 6,” she recalled. “One of my friends did it as an after-school activity. I had a nine-year-old brother and thought it would be good to beat him in a sword fight.
“After that I was at Prior Park College and then went to study and train at Millfield.”
Williams, who will continue her education later this year when she starts university in London, has already played a role in the Olympics after being selected to carry the Torch through Gloucester last month.
“I couldn’t believe the amount of support that was out there, it was a magical moment,” said Williams.