Ben Peggs

International Fencing

6x British National Championships Medalist

2x Commonwealth Championships Gold Medal

European Games Gold Medal

What’s the best piece of coaching advice you’ve received?

Fencing is a marathon not a sprint, in developmental terms, it takes many years to refine your technical and tactical knowledge. Be patient!

What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?

When I was told by a former performance director I had lost funding and that maybe I should go and do something different with my life. It taught me resilience and to never give up. Two weeks later I came 7th at the U23 European Championships. The mantra I now live by is - I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.

What is your best mental performance tool?

The Headspace app! Also my sports psychologist - Dr Jonathan Katz.

What does your training ecosystem look like?

I train both by myself and as part of a team, as fencing competitions have both categories. I enjoy both types of training but when motivation is low the team really picks me up.

I have a strict training routine which comprises of some free play and set pieces. Many hours are also spent refining technical work with my coaching team. This is done both at the National Centre and in my club environment. Physical training makes up around 1/3rd of my week, the rest being technical and tactical work.

I have to be very diligent about my food routine to power me through a week comprising of over 20 hrs of physical work. This includes quality rest too, with many naps!