BLACKPOOL wheelchair fencer David Heaton, believes all the signs point to a successful London 2012 team event, after a morale-boosting finale to his World Championships in Italy.
The 38-year-old was back in action in Catania yesterday, for the final time in the men’s foil team event, looking to put his individual disappointment in the sabre and foil firmly behind him.
And the four-time Paralympian did exactly that, helping the squad to a resounding 45-25 win over Argentina, sandwiched between defeats to Italy and Belarus, to finish tenth overall.
Great Britain and Belarus have now faced each other in the last four tournaments, but after running them the closest they have ever done in a 45-35 defeat in Italy, Heaton insists it is only a matter of time until they get that winning feeling.
“This was a good way to finish and I really enjoyed it out there in the team event,” said Heaton – who like the rest of Britain’s fencing team is supported by Beazley.
“Personally I was doing the things that I wanted to do, and I am much happier with how I finished the World Championships than at the start.
“And from a team point of view we have shown a lot of progress in running Belarus so close, and I think at times we got into their head.
“We fenced them just before we came out to Italy at the World Cup in Hungary, and we didn’t do nearly as well there as we have done in Italy.
“That is a great sign and it is now about building on that and the beating of Argentina to make sure we keep improving in the run up to the Paralympics.”
Meanwhile, fellow Blackpool wheelchair fencer Justine Moore also brought the curtain down on her Italian adventure by finishing tenth in the women’s epee team competition.
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