WHEELCHAIR fencer Ian Day (pictured) has been named the Category B fencer of the year by the rest of the Great Britain team.
Day, from Leverington, had been competing at the National Wheelchair Fencing competition in Sheffield, where he picked up a bronze medal in the Sabre, a weapon he had only take up in the last six months.
The 23-year-old only lost out on a place in the final to the country’s number 2 Tim Hall-Butcher.
He also entered epee and was beaten in the quarter-finals by the country’s highest ranked fencer Simon Wilson in a tight battle finishing 15-14.
But Ian still finished the weekend on a high when he was voted the fencer of the year by the rest of the team. He said: “That award was the proudest moment in my short career in fencing especially as it was voted on by the GB team.”
Day became wheelchair-bound when he was involved in a road accident just before Christmas in 2007 and spent a year in hospital after his car struck a tree and he broke his back in three places.
He added: “I had done wheelchair basketball when in the spinal-injury unit in Sheffield, but there are no clubs near Leverington so I could not continue. I was bored sitting about at home and went to a Paralympic Sports open day and did some tests and they said I had the potential to become a good fencer.
“I did not like it when I first started, but they convinced me to continue and now there is not a day goes by when I am not thinking of fencing.
“I train every week in Milton Keynes and twice a month with the Great Britain team. I would love to make it to the London Paralympic Games in September but time is against me.
“I need to be ranked in the top four to win a place in the team and at the moment I am fifth in the sabre and seventh in the epee. But because the Paralympics are next year there are less competitions to improve my rankings in.
“I know I can improve in the sabre as I have only been doing it for six months, but I will just have to keep trying. If I do not make London then there are the 2016 Games in Brazil.”