Meet Canterbury fencer Nick Beaumont
PUBLISHED: 16:39 18 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:39 18 July 2014
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The 18-year-old sportsman talks about his success in fencing, tutoring maths and mastering Spanish
Tell us about yourself
My name is Nick Beaumont, I’m 18 and from Canterbury. I studied at Simon Langton Boys School until July 2013, attaining three A*s and one A at A-Level (in maths, history, physics and further maths). I live with my parents, Richard and Jane, and have two siblings; Ben, 22, lives and works in London and Abi, 20, is studying medicine at Brighton University.
What are you doing now?
At the moment I am taking a year out between school and university. For the most part I have been fencing under the guidance of my coach, Jamie Miller, at The King’s School in Canterbury.
Without this opportunity I wouldn’t have made the significant progress I have seen through the course of the year, which has culminated in my selection for the Junior World Fencing Championships, which take place in April, and my acceptance onto the World Class Talent Pathway (the first stage of the Olympic pathway for fencing).
Only three people are selected from each country to fence at the Worlds, so I am very proud of this achievement. I’m looking forward to the event, as it represents a landmark in my fencing career and is the result of many years of hard work.
I have really enjoyed being able to fence so much this year; as a sport, I have never come across anything which requires such a combination of physicality and thought.
Other than fencing, I am tutoring maths at the Canterbury Academy. I found it hard initially to find work that fitted around my training. Many rejections of employment came as the result of my inability to work full hours, however, in hindsight, not finding work late last year seems to have worked out rather well. I would have been unable to fence as much as I have done and it’s unlikely I would have seen so much success. I probably wouldn’t have found my current job, which I enjoy immensely.
What are your ambitions for the future?
Later this summer, I hope to go abroad for a couple of months to Spain, to become fluent in Spanish. I began learning Spanish in November and hope to master the language by the time I leave university.
In September, I will begin studying history at the London School of Economics. While at university, I hope I will be able to continue fencing to a high standard alongside my studies. Beyond university, I am not 100 per cent sure what I want to do, however as time goes by, things will hopefully become clearer.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I don’t know where I’ll be, but I hope I will still be fencing and that I will have the chance to compete at the highest international level (the Senior World Championships and Olympic Games).
Despite this, I also want to develop a career in the area I choose to work in. Over the next few years, I will begin to have to make decisions for the next 10 years or so.
What’s best about Kent?
Kent is a wonderful place to live for a number of reasons. I live in a beautiful area of countryside near to Canterbury, which is a superb location. The proximity to London and the continent make it an easily accessible area. I like it very much.
Any other hobbies?
Outside of fencing, I do many things. I try to see a lot of my friends, but I am happy in my own company, which leads me to read a lot of books. I play the piano, which is a way to relax and meditate for me, but I also exercise a lot, by going to the gym, cycling and running. I used to do a number of sports to a fairly solid level, including rugby, football, cricket, cross country and rowing, but the more time I committed to fencing the less I had to do these things.
What was the last book you read?
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing. I have never read a more perceptive analysis of women in society. n