Better experience for Suzannah

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DONCASTER wheelchair fencer Suzannah Rockett insists all the signs point to a strong finish to her World Championships assault after a much-improved second outing in Italy yesterday.

The 44-year-old took to the women’s foil looking to erase the memories of a disappointing epee competition just 24 hours earlier that saw her lose all five of her matches and score just three hits in the process.

And despite again failing to notch up a victory, the Sheffield Fencing Club member trebled her number of hits to nine in a far better performance.

Rockett will head back out in Catania on Thursday for the women’s foil team and after seeing her mood rise at the second attempt, she is confident of continuing on her upward curve.

“The first day was disappointing if I am honest but the foil was much better,” said Rockett – who like the rest of the Beazley fencing team is supported by Beazley.

“I fenced a lot better in the foil and what I was doing was of much better quality and I am much more pleased with my performances even if the results weren’t there.

“I was hoping to make the cut to the direct elimination rounds but unfortunately I couldn’t quite manage that but after speaking with my coaches we are pleased that I put into practice what we had talked about.

“These are world class athletes that I am fencing against and to improve that much by trebling my number of hits, that is a great sign.

“I have the team event still to come and this gives me confidence that I am heading in the right direction and that I can continue improving there too.”

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