15 episodes

The Fenced In podcast is, in essence sports and fencing framed in a light, conversational piece. The show is hosted by two GB international fencers, Ben Peggs and Christopher Mollard, who have the added dynamic of being coach and student. They share their experience as well as their tried and tested ideas of how to continue to improve in this technical sport that we all remain so passionate about, through lockdown and beyond.

With nearly 30 years of knowledge between them, Chris and Ben discuss how to train and how to improve both their mental and physical fitness in such a way as to maximise their full potential. The duo explore the newest and continually evolving side of our sport that is ‘quarantine training’, sharing their experience from their own homes and exploring the many ways that fencers and athletes in other sports can make the most of training during this global pandemic. Discussing anything and everything - from mindfulness in the living room to point control in the garden, the show also features a much in demand ‘ask us anything’ segment where listeners have the opportunity to ask the questions they want the answers to.
If you’re wanting to make the most out of quarantine then let’s be Fenced In together.

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Fencing: The Fenced In Podcast Fencers: Christopher Mollard, Ben Peggs

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The Fenced In podcast is, in essence sports and fencing framed in a light, conversational piece. The show is hosted by two GB international fencers, Ben Peggs and Christopher Mollard, who have the added dynamic of being coach and student. They share their experience as well as their tried and tested ideas of how to continue to improve in this technical sport that we all remain so passionate about, through lockdown and beyond.

With nearly 30 years of knowledge between them, Chris and Ben discuss how to train and how to improve both their mental and physical fitness in such a way as to maximise their full potential. The duo explore the newest and continually evolving side of our sport that is ‘quarantine training’, sharing their experience from their own homes and exploring the many ways that fencers and athletes in other sports can make the most of training during this global pandemic. Discussing anything and everything - from mindfulness in the living room to point control in the garden, the show also features a much in demand ‘ask us anything’ segment where listeners have the opportunity to ask the questions they want the answers to.
If you’re wanting to make the most out of quarantine then let’s be Fenced In together.

Don’t forget to rate and subscribe!

    Ben forgets how to keep score and Chris can’t put on a jacket...the longly anticipated return to fencing!

    Ben forgets how to keep score and Chris can’t put on a jacket...the longly anticipated return to fencing!

    Ben forgets how to keep score and Chris can’t put on a jacket...the longly anticipated return to fencing!

    It’s finally time...we’re back to sparring! It’s the moment where we get to see how much we have improved after all of our efforts during lockdown!

    Ben talks about his return to squad training and how tough a simple 5 hit bout can be after 6 months away and Chris explains how he is chomping at the bit for his first session back.

    With so many COVID restrictions in place, and rightly so, training doesn’t look the same as it used to. Ben and Chris take you though the things to watch out for and what to expect, with so much to think about but we have to remember that it’s all about having fun!

    There are also questions from Norfolk based fencers about what aspects of training to prioritise given that technical work is now allowed again.

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    • 48 min
    This is arguably Scotland’s greatest ever fencer!

    This is arguably Scotland’s greatest ever fencer!

    “The life skills that can be taken from fencing are massive”

    ‘The Fenced In’ podcast meets arguably Scotland’s finest fencer, ever! Growing up with all the odds stacked against him all Keith Cook ever wanted was a garden with a tree in it.

    Who knew what the world had in store for him instead…

    In this episode we talk to a fellow friend, team mate, coach, father and athlete. The now retired (not confirmed!) senior international medalist, former British Champion and head coach of Salle Holyrood explains his journey and what it takes to be a fencing parent as well as coach to both his kids.

    This interview discusses Keith’s humble beginnings, his fencing career, the life lessons and whether or not he will make yet another comeback now that he’s in the shape of his life! It would certainly keep his son and student, Jamie, on his toes. We delve into that fascinating relationship, and how Keith’s approach to mental health and keeping things fun are also a big part of his narrative and club mantra.

    Keep a keen ear out for his pearls of wisdom and his knowledge as Keith answers another fantastic question from a fan on Twitter!

    • 50 min
    The dream team behind some of GB's biggest successes - Maria Goriup and Sonia Aggio-Fierro

    The dream team behind some of GB's biggest successes - Maria Goriup and Sonia Aggio-Fierro

    The fenced in podcast meets Maria and Sonia. British Fencing’s physiotherapist and sports therapist respectively. The dream team behind some of GB’s biggest successes!

    Maria and Sonia each run their own practice in different areas of London but that doesn’t stop them from finding them time support the fencers, and each other. Since Maria started, the GB team have qualified for the Rio Olympic Games, won numerous medals at World Cup, and with Sonia’s arrival followed not one but two World Championships silvers!

    We get to understand what makes Maria and Sonia tick, from their own athletic prowess to their professional careers and how they found themselves in the world of fencing.

    Their insights are fascinating, unlocking some of the fundamental principles behind staying injury free and recovering properly, with perspectives from their own sports and what they have brought to fencing.

    As we look to return to fencing, this information packed episode is your weapon of choice!

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    • 58 min
    The only athlete to have won a medal at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games - Pàl Szekeres

    The only athlete to have won a medal at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games - Pàl Szekeres

    “In Hungary, if you want to be an icon you have to be Olympic champion"

    As he is the only athlete ever to have won a medal at both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games, it’s safe to say that’s exactly what Pal has achieved in a fencing career spanning 28 years, with a journey like no other!

    Ben and Chris discover what Pal went through from his first Olympics in Los Angeles 1984 to his last Paralympics London 2012.

    Describing his utter determination which resulted in his remarkable Paralympic title just 7 months after a life changing injury, he explains his re-educate of each and every aspect of life.

    Pál says that fencing was his saving grace, with a career which he views as a complete one. Now the president of IWAS Wheelchair Fencing and having held public office in Hungary for many years, promoting accessibility in all forms and changing the landscape of wheelchair fencing has been his goal.

    Pál views wheelchair fencing as the fourth discipline and it’s easy to understand why. He talks us through his experience transitioning from able bodied Olympic medalist to wheelchair Paralympic champion and what both can learn from the other!

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    • 1 hr
    Paralympian, world #1 and former double world champion - Dimitri Coutya

    Paralympian, world #1 and former double world champion - Dimitri Coutya

    The ‘Fenced in’ podcast brings you its third guest: Paralympian and current World Number 1 - Dimitri Coutya.

    In this episode you’ll learn all there is to know about wheelchair fencing and the incredible story behind the former double World Champion.

    Dimitri talks us through his inspiring story at the Rio Games and how this spring-boarded him on to claim world titles in both Epee and Foil. With enlightening content about psychological wellbeing in lockdown and how just having a happy head can do wonders for you, this episode is jam packed so don’t miss out!

    Dimitri gives us an insight into his new Paralympic path, as the games shift by a year, and how that translates to his preparation. Echoing some of the ideals from other esteemed guests.

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    • 43 min
    Olympian, head coach at Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club and to GB’s World silver medalist Marcus Mepstead - Dan Kellner

    Olympian, head coach at Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club and to GB’s World silver medalist Marcus Mepstead - Dan Kellner

    “We are fencers - we are trained to deal with change and adapt at a moments notice ”

    An opportunity, that is how our latest guest views the current situation.

    Dan Kellner talks us through his inspiring story as a fencer. With both highs and lows, that didn’t stop it from becoming a roaring success including being the first American in 33 years to win the Pan-American Games and finish 4th with team USA at 2004 Olympics Games.

    The story doesn’t stop there, we discuss the move into his coaching career: how it started, where he is now, and how he’s managing Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club in lockdown. Giving us a deeper understanding of his teaching methodologies that gave him successes with former students Race Imboden (former World #1 and Olympic medallist) and Sam Moelis (junior and cadet world champion) to current student and British number 1 - Marcus Mepstead (2019 World Championship Silver). It’s safe to say that Dan’s medal collection didn’t stop growing when he finished competing!

    Dan also provides some insights into his routines at the moment and how he balances training and a life outside of fencing, what podcasts he listens to and what Tik Tok vides he’s been making!

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    • 47 min

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