Chaddy began fencing in June 2011. In his first year, he became ranked third in the state of Texas and forty-first in the USA Fencing National Rolling Points for his division. In his first three years, he competed in over sixty-five tournaments, including fifteen national circuit events and six regional circuit events. Chaddy has medaled thirty-two times, including seven gold and eleven silver medals. He has also qualified for the USA Fencing National Championships in 2012 and 2014. Chaddy has fencing practice for three hours, six nights a week, and travels to tournaments about twice a month.
Chaddy previously attended traditional public school, but he transferred to Texas Connections Academy to pursue his goal of becoming a competitive fencer. He hopes to fence in the Olympics someday. Connections Academy helped Chaddy find the extra hours in his day that he needed for his sport. He shares more below.
“I first started at Texas Connections Academy so that I could easily travel to national and regional circuit fencing tournaments without having to miss too much school. I had two sisters already in Connections Academy, so I knew it would give me the flexibility I was looking for. I liked the idea that I could work on my schoolwork at my pace, without having to wait for the rest of the class.
With the exception of large projects, I normally finished my school days in a fraction of the time I would finish in brick-and-mortar schools. I finally had some downtime before I went to practice. This extra time also allowed me to focus on my fencing without stressing out about having homework after practice. I no longer felt rushed to fit everything into the day. I usually do not get home from practice until after 10 p.m., so I liked that I could wake up and start school at 9 a.m., which is later than most students. I mostly enjoy that I don’t have to get up at 6 a.m. to catch the bus like my friends do.
I first started at Texas Connections Academy so that I could easily travel to national and regional circuit fencing tournaments without having to miss too much school. I knew it would give me the flexibility I was looking for. My grades have also improved since starting with Connections Academy. I went from struggling to get C’s, with lots of homework, to becoming an honor roll student and a National Honor Society member.