Louise Bond-Williams

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Louise Bond-Williams
Born (1982-05-14) 14 May 1982 (age 32)
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England
Residence Truro, Cornwall
Weapon(s) sabre
Hand right-handed
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
National coach(es) Jon Salfield, Peter Frohlich
Club Truro Fencing Club
Retired 2012
FIE Ranking current ranking

Louise Bond-Williams (born 14 May 1982) is a British sabre fencer. She represented Great Britain at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

Career[edit]

Bond-Williams took up fencing at Chipping Campden School. She quickly showed promise, winning the West Midlands championships for her age class when she was twelve. She was then coached by David Kirby at Shakespeare's Swords, the fencing club at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon.

In 1999, first year where women's sabre was allowed at top-level competitions, she earned a silver medal at the Cadet World Championships in Dijon and posted a last-16 finish at the Senior World Championships in Seoul. The following year she won a silver medal at Budapest and a gold medal at Havana in the Junior World Cup circuit. She went on to take a silver medal at the 2002 Junior World Championships in Antalya and reached the quarter-finals at the senior championships in Lisbon.

At a World Cup event in Spain Bond-Williams was noticed by Ohio State coach Vladimir Nazlymov who offered to train her in the United States and arranged for an athletic scholarship.[1] She accepted the offer as the University of Birmingham, where she had been studying for a year, did not offer her the facilities to train properly at her level. She fenced for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2002 to 2004, taking All-America honours each season.[2] Ohio State would induct her into their Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

She made her Olympic début at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the first Games allowing women's sabre, after reaching the final in the European qualifying event.[3] In the first round of the individual event she saw off Germany's Susanne Koenig, but lost afterwards to Russia's Yelena Nechayeva.[4]

After the Games she resumed her history degree at Ohio State while serving as undergraduate assistant coach.[2] She posted two quarter-finals finishes in the 2004–05 season and finished World No.22, a career best. She climbed her first senior World Cup podium with a bronze medal at Orléans in 2007.[5] She missed out however for the 2008 Summer Olympics. She was severely injured in a car crash in late 2008 and sustained several operations which left her out for a full season.[6]

She qualified to the 2012 Summer Olympics through host option, being the British top-ranked female sabreur at the time. She lost in the first round to the World No.4, Greece's Vassiliki Vougiouka.[7] She retired after the Games to manage the Truro Fencing Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bond-Williams eyes Jacobson". BBC. 28 June 2004. 
  2. ^ a b "Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Announced". www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fencing pair make Olympics". BBC. 19 April 2004. 
  4. ^ "Louise Bond-Williams Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "BF Team prepares for World Championships". British Fencing. 
  6. ^ "Fencing: Stratford fencer Louise Bond-Williams finally back to her best". Coventry Telegraph. 8 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Williams and Bond-Williams fail to make history as both British fencers lose opening contests". The Daily Mail. 1 August 2012. 

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