Suzannah struggles - but is upbeat

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DONCASTER wheelchair fencer Suzannah Rockett has vowed to bounce back in style after getting her World Championships off to a bumpy start in Italy today.

The 44-year-old took to the competition in Catania in the women’s foil category A but found it tough going, losing all five of her pool matches to finish 29th overall.

But with Friday’s individual foil competition still to come, not to mention the team event, former Ridgewood Comprehensive School pupil Rockett insists she is down but far from out.

“The first day is always a bit nerve racking and tricky and unfortunately I didn’t have the best of days,” said Rockett – who like the rest of the British fencing team is being supported by Beazley.

“I don’t know what it was but I just struggled out there and the fencers I came up against were all very strong and I just didn’t have an answer.

“It is a disappointing way to get things going in Italy but the good thing is I have plenty of opportunities to put it right.

“If anything this disappointment of the first day is just going to make me want to go out there and prove what I can do even more now.

“I want to show that this isn’t the real me and I will aim to do that next time I go out.”

Elsewhere, fellow Doncaster wheelchair fencer Craig McCann also found the going tough in Italy as he finished as he too was winless in his first outing in the men’s foil category A.

However, with this being the 27-year-old’s first taste of a senior worlds, there was no dampening his mood.

“Although I had a tough day I am still really proud that I was out there because it is my first year and a real achievement,” former McAuley Catholic High School pupil McCann said.

“I still have the team and the epee to come too so all is not lost and I will hopefully keep on enjoying it and get some better results later in the week.”

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