For Robert Ciccarelli, fencing is as just mental as it is physical.
It’s not just what’s in front of you.
It’s what’s happening next. And next – and after that.
“You have to think steps ahead and try and read the opponent,” he said.
“That’s what I enjoy abut fencing – the strategic element. You have to think about the possibilities of what will happen if you do something and the consequences of your actions.”
The consequences of 10 years of hard work is starting to pay off for the 16-year-old.
A member of the Australian Fencing Team in the cadet division (under-17), Ciccarelli has been selected to represent Australia at both the Asian Championships and the World Championships.
The Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield student will travel to Dubai later this month for the Asian Championships and to Italy for the World Championships in April.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to represent Australia. It's good to finally accomplish something and have something to show for all the hard work,” he said.
“I’m really looking to competing against the world’s best fencers.”
A member of the Marconi Fencing Academy – which also boasts Olympians Chloe and Max Esposito in its ranks – the Mount Vernon resident trains five time as a week with coach Antonio Signorello. He splits his time training at Marconi and at Alexandria with the NSW squad
It’s always been a dream of mine to represent Australia. It's good to finally accomplish something and have something to show for all the hard work.Robert Ciccarelli
He has recently returned from a three-week training tour of Italy and Slovakia in preparation for what shapes as a bumper 2018.
As well as the Asian and World Championships, he is hoping to qualify for the Youth Olympics in Argentina later this year.
“That is the long-term goal but there is a lot of hard work to do before then,” he said.
A winner of numerous NSW titles, Ciccarelli started the sport when he was six though another family member.
“I still get some weird looks when I tell people I’m a fencer, but I love the sport,” he said.
- Robert is looking for sponsors to support him fund his trip to the World Championships in Verona, Italy. For more information: 0414 799 030.