During the elimination, my first opponent was the American Jimmy Moody. I've seen Jimmy fencing for about a decade while doing tournaments in the States and in Cadet/Junior World Cups. He always was couple of notches over my game and every time we fenced, he crushed me. Earlier this season, I lost to him in a really close bout. It's proof of a major upgrade in my fencing to be able to have a fighting chance against a fencer like him. He has very fast footwork and probably the fastest hand in North America! It makes him a very dangerous fencer. I took the lead from the start and fought all bout long to keep it. At one point, it was 9-8 for me with a minute and a half to go at the last period. I scored 4 hits in a row giving me a big lead at the end. I thought that the job was done for a second and Jimmy, an experienced fencer, took that chance and scored also 4 hits in a row bringing the score back to 13-12 for me. I took everything that I had left to fight and scored the last 2 hits. That was another big step in my fencing. I proved to myself that I have everything to beat a faster and stronger fencer. The 15-12 victory gave me a ticket for the next bout. One more win to have access to the second day of the event.
That was the last tournament for the qualification of World Championships and Pan Am Games this summer. I will be representing Canada at both events! This was one of the main goal of the season and I achieved it. I am pretty happy about the performance that I've done even though the result is a bit lower than I wanted. Losing by one hit and going home with a bitter taste is part of the sport. If I keep fencing like this at Worlds and Pan Am Games in two months, I know I won't have any regrets and I will be in the best position to perform at my maximum potential. I now have two months to prepare for them. Let the training continue!