Athlete Profile: Yvonne Chart

Yvonne Chart profile image and competing in Fencing

Name

Yvonne Chart

Course and Year of Study

DPhil Materials (2nd year)

College

Linacre

Sport

Fencing

Club

Truro Fencing Club and Salle Boston

Highest Competition Level

International

Best Achievement

Bronze medal with the England team at the Commonwealth Games in 2015

Short Term Aspirations

Earn an individual medal at Commonwealths

Long Term Aspirations

Top 64 at a World Cup tournament

How did you get into the sport?

I loved watching 'the Parent Trap' when I was younger. In that movie there is a scene with fencing and I just thought it was really cool and wanted to give it a try. Almost 15 years later I guess it stuck!

What is your advice on balancing sport and academia?

Your schedule is your best friend, and be aware of your priorities. Make sure you have time to do the things you need to and also give yourself time to relax - that should be a priority too!

How have you managed training during lockdown?

I have stayed active, but the intensity has dropped. It is hard to train at your fullest on your own. Where possible I recommend trying to connect with others during your workouts even if it is just comparing times on Strava or doing a zoom core session together.