Name: Louise Bond-Williams
Place of birth: Cheltenham
Discipline: Women’s Sabre
Best international result: 3rdOrleans World Cup, 2007
World Ranking: 58th
Is this your first Olympics?
No, I competed in Athens, 2004.
How did you feel when the BFA contacted you to tell you that you had been selected for the GB Olympic fencing squad? It was a brilliant feeling to know that all the years of hard work had been worth it.
Where were you when you were given the news?
I found out in my kitchen in Truro.
Who did you tell first?
My parents were the first to know.
How do you feel to be representing Great Britain in your home country?
I feel proud and honoured to be representing my country.
What aspect of being part of the Olympics are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd at the biggest sporting event in the world.
What do you expect the atmosphere to be like?
I hope it will be amazing. We don’t often get crowds that big for fencing and if the majority of supporters are British it will be like nothing I have ever experienced before.
What is your goal for the Olympics?
It would be amazing to stand on the podium.
What will it be like staying in the athlete’s village?
It should be a lot of fun. To be in an environment with a lot of other athletes from all over the world and from different sports should be a great experience.
Are there any Olympic sports which are known for having particularly rowdy / partying athletes in the village?
Not that I know of.
How is the team going to be preparing together over the summer?
We are in the GB holding camp at Loughborough 18 – 25 July and then we move to the Olympic Village. We are training hard with our sparring partners and working together as a team to prepare.
What will be your main area of focus in the build up to the Olympics?
Lots of fencing, getting sharp and being ready to compete.
Is your training routine going to change at all? How?
I will be moving to London for a month so I won’t be going into work and will be able to concentrate solely on fencing.
Is your diet going to change? What will it be?
Not much. I think I usually eat fairly well and I will continue to do so.
Do you have a special breakfast on the morning of a competition?
I don’t eat breakfast!
What will be key to your success on the day?
Other than fencing, which sport are you looking forward to seeing most at the Olympics?
I love watching most sports at the Olympics but the athletics would be a good one to see.