Craig is determined to overcome nerves

Craig McCann
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SOUTH Yorkshire fencer Craig McCann admits butterflies in his stomach got the better of him at the European Championships this summer but has vowed to improve in the world equivalent.

The 27-year-old is still in his first season in the sport but has already represented GB on the European stage and will do so at the World Championships in Italy this month. At July’s Euro Championships in Sheffield, McCann flattered to deceive, however, with finishes of 24th and 23rd in the epee and foil.

But the former McAuley Catholic High School, Doncaster, pupil is determined not to make the same mistake twice. “I am really looking forward to the Worlds,” said McCann, who fences for Sheffield Swords. “I feel as though an incredible task and responsibility has been handed to me and I intend on making the most of it.

“I suffered from nerves at the European as it was in Sheffield and that’s my home. Not every athlete gets to go to a global championship on their doorstep but I did and while it was great, I suffered from nerves. I have been working on it with the psychologists about turning nerves into a positive and use it to my advantage and I hope I can do that.

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