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Who inspired you? Who are your sporting heroes?
My Dad is a two-time Olympian and my Mum was top flight athlete so I think it's in the blood. Their support and drive has helped me enormously. And then there's Man United legend Cristiano Ronaldo; a strange choice but I love how he's his own man and wants to be the best.
How often do you train and do you enjoy it?
I love training! I do about 12 hours a week. Not only does it keep me in good shape, I find it relaxes me after the pressures of school and clears my mind; I don't see it as work but something I enjoy.
What do you find most rewarding (and challenging) about a competition?
Pitting myself against the best and beating them. It's just me, my wits and my skill against an opponent with nowhere to hide. I thrive on that. I fight in the moment and hate the idea of looking back and thinking "what could have been" so that drives me on.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
People might think it was winning the UK championship but it's actually when I beat the Russian and world number 3 against the odds in the World Championships. It was down to last 64 in the world and I wasn't expected to beat him. At 11-3 the word got around a big crowd gathered. I won 15-8 and it was a fantastic feeling! Even though I came 30th I remember that and want to repeat it.
Do you have any hobbies? How do you relax before a competition?
I listen to music to relax and chill out; mostly dance, club and R&B but really whatever gets me in the right mood. I'm still a Football Manager fanatic, been playing it for years and still find it fun and, oddly, educational. And to truly relax, I sleep!
What do you enjoy most about your sport?
On top of the adrenalin and excitement of competition I love its uniqueness. There aren't many top class fencers and it feels good to considered one of them.
What advice would you give to a youngster just getting started in fencing, or any sport?
That's simple, don't give up! You can never go so low that you can't rise again. At 11 years old I came 56th out of 57 in a competition but I sat with the pain of losing and got better, and better. Train hard but also enjoy what you do.
What would you take on a desert island?
An open-mind. With that I can respond to my environment and survive.
What are you sporting and personal ambitions?
There's talk of the Olympics and that's wonderful but the most important season is always the one you're facing. So my ambition this year is to win the Under 17 Championship and to be the best in my age and category. If I keep performing well then other success will follow.

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Name : Daniel Kiss
Age : 15
British Ranking : 1
World Ranking : 4
Club : Salle Kiss 
Place of Birth : Budapest, Hungary
Residence : Bury, United Kingdom
Occupation : Student
Education : Bury Grammar School
  • Five A* grades,one A grade and three B grades at GCSE level conducted a year before official GCSEs in year 11 (2013/2014).
  • Highest mark in the year group for Geography with 100% and joint highest for History with 94% (2013/2014).
  • Second highest mark in the year group for Biology with 92% and English with 87% (2013/2104).
  • Most merits in the year group (20 merits- 2011/2012).
Hobbies : Any kind of sport in general and music 
Goals : Success in every area of the following season
International Successes
7th European Cadet Championships Under-17 2013/2014
30th World Cadet Championships Under-17 2013/2014
3rd Manchester Cadet Under-17 2013/2014
65th European Cadet Championships Under-17 2012/2013
80th World Cadet Championships Under-17 2012/2013
25th Manchester Cadet Under-17 2012/2013
British Championships
2nd British Junior Championships Under-20 Foil 2014
2nd British Cadet Championships Under-17 Foil 2014
1st British Youth Championships Under-16 Foil 2014
6th British Junior Championships Under-20 Foil 2013
3rd British Cadet Championships Under-17 Foil 2013
5th British Youth Championships Under-16 Foil 2013
1st British Youth Championships Under-14 Foil 2012
3rd British Youth Championships Under-14 Foil 2011
1st British Youth Championships Under-12 Foil 2010
PositionOpen Events
1st Liverpool Open 2014
12th Birmingham International 2014
1st Wrexham Open 2014
2nd Wrexham Open 2013
1st Wrexham Open 2012
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Achievements

Team GB

Silver
Passport Holder

 

British Fencing

Selected member of the British Fencing Talent Programme

Member of the British Under-17 and Under-20 Squads

British Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 Gold medallist

England Fencing

England Under-15 Silver medallist