By Jack Lacey-Hatton
Cador Beautyman insists the sky is the limit as he continues to embark on his burgeoning fencing career.
The Swindon cadet epee star is one of the rising stars of the British Fencing scene and has his sights set on the biggest prize in the sport.
He isn’t holding back with his ambitions and says he has what it takes to scale the lofty Olympic heights in the future.
“The ultimate goal is to be Olympic champion,” said Beautyman.
“I know some athletes don’t want to look too far ahead.
“But I have the motivation to get to the top and want to push myself, even if that is years ahead.
“First of all I want to medal at a European circuit event, then hopefully get on the podium at the European Championships.”
After learning his craft at Swindon Fencing Club, Beautyman was first selected to represent England on the international stage back in 2019 to compete in Challenge Wratislava, Europe’s largest youth fencing tournament.
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Although Covid-19 halted his progress, Beautyman is enjoying his time again on piste, with the 16-year-old believing fencing gave him an identity.
“When I was seven, I was quite curious about trying out new sports,” he said. “I tried out lots of different ones; cricket, football, rugby but didn’t really feel I belonged to any of them.
“Then I asked my parents if I could try out fencing. My mum took me the local club and it just clicked instantly really.”
Beautyman receives support and funding from British Fencing, with the organisation launching a brand new ‘British Fencing commitment’ setting out their cultures and values both on and off the piste going forward.
Dusty Miller, head of people and culture at the national governing body, said: “The culture at British Fencing is moving to a ‘fencer-centred’ approach.”
“What we are trying to do is put the development of the fencer at the very centre.
“To be fencer-centred is about putting the fencer’s performance, and the development of that individual, right at the heart of performance.
“The commitment is our binding contract with each other, between the community, parents and us as a national governing body to support the development and the growth of their children, hopefully into high performance adults.”
British Fencing supports fencing and para fencing across the UK, from grassroots initiatives and school-age experiences, through to clubs and competitions. The Athlete Development Programme supports fencers as they develop along the GBR pathway and has a three-point focus: Fencer-Centred, Development-Driven and Competition-Supported, placing the fencer at the heart of the competitive fencing map. Find out more at britishfencing.com