For the first time that I can remember (and I would remember things like this), the Canadian Fencing Federation (CFF) found us a sponsor for fencing equipment! Absolute Fencing gear sponsored the national team by giving them (us!) a full set: mask, vest, sous-plastron, pants, gloves, body-wires, socks and a huge fencing bag writtenTEAM CANADA all over it! I always wanted a bag with Team Canada written on it to walk in a fencing tournament and represent Canada in all it’s brightness! They shipped all the equipement in Vancouver where were the National Championships. I didn’t go to Nationals because I had to work, I had 2 demos planned and I had training to do for the Grand Prix Rio that is much more heavy in the balance of the Pan Am Games and Olympics qualification than Nationals (which I would have loved to fence but I had to make sacrifices…again!). So I will be all nice and shinny for Worlds and Panams this year! My training partner Vanessa was in Vancouver for the tournament so she brought my bag full of new equipment with her when she came back. When she arrived home, I was like a six years old kid the morning of Christmas! The bag even had a strong smell. "The smell of new stuff!" I though. But when I opened my new bag, I saw that one of her nail polish bottle exploded in my bag. Not the smell (nor the look) of new stuff after all. Her weapons and my bag are now a bit pinker than they should be! After cleaning most of it, my bag and her weapons are now unique! Thank you Absolute Fencing and CFF. I will wear AF gear with pride!