Posted November 10, 2014 | Recruitment Industry, Scotland | No Comments »

The Games Aren’t Over Yet

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games were described as “undoubtedly one of Glasgow’s greatest successes, and were an achievement we should all take great pride in.” Not only that, it was revealed last week that the spectacular event was delivered £25 million under budget, fantastic news for Scotland’s Commonwealth legacy and healthcare industry who will see this money reinvested to benefit future generations. However for some, the excitement isn’t quite over yet. Enigma People Solutions director Ben Hanley just happens to be the national coach for this years Scotland’s men’s and women’s Sabre team competing in The Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014, currently being held in Scotland’s seaside town of Largs.

Commonwealth Games - National Fencing Academy Scotland

Commonwealth Games – National Fencing Academy Scotland

The sport of fencing was last in the Games in 1970 however in line with Commonwealth Games Federation, the sport holds it’s own Commonwealth Fencing Championships in November, separate to the main event. The Championships are still very much close to the hearts of the athletes and the Commonwealth community. With over 300 hundred fencers from over 20 countries competing, this is one of the largest Commonwealth Championships there has been. Scottish fencers have a fine record of winning medals, our very own Ben Hanley Included. Ben competed in the Scottish Men’s Commonwealth Sabre Team in 1990, 1998, 2002 and 2006 bringing home 2 silver and a gold medal. Not only that he has spent the last 14 years coaching young Sabre athletes at Edinburgh Fencing Club, leading his athletes to win over 5 Commonwealth medals, and hopefully more following this years Championships. Ben’s role as a coach and a mentor is something which he firmly believes transcends the fencing piste. High performance attitude is a notion Ben picked up from a sports conditioning coach and is the manner in which he urges his athletes, and his staff, to approach their goals, be it sports related or career related. High performance attitude means working towards your goals with attention to detail, being prompt and punctual and focusing on targets and goals. In addition to this, being acutely self critical and willing to use criticism to spark one’s own development to achieve realistic goals is something Ben believes in. Working closely with athletes, Ben sees the benefit of adopting these characteristics into any work ethic. As an owner of an award winning recruitment business, Ben implores us as a team to adapt this attitude to the work place, teaching us that success and performance are years in the making, through hard work, determination, talent and the right use of mentoring and coaching. Working towards developing these skills, investing time and training in talent is something we as recruiters can see benefiting not only local businesses but the UK economy as whole. The values of the games, the athletes’ determination and attitude to succeed are something we can all admire and emulate.

Ben Hanley - Scottish National Fencing Coach Good luck to all the athletes competing this week! You can keep up to date with all the action by following Commonwealth Fencing on Twitter @cfencing2014 or catch live coverage on the Commonwealth Fencing Championships YouTube channel.

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