Max Heinzer (1987) from Central Switzerland is one of the top 10 fencing athletes in the world rankings. He is known for his fast, determined and attractive style; and for his intense attacks that make him a particularly unpredictable opponent. Max was the first fencing athlete in his discipline to ever win his 10th World Cup - no one else has managed this before.
On May 6, Max will drive the Catcher Car at the Wings for Life World Run in Zug, and support spinal cord research in the capacity of the moving finish line.
How does it feel to be the first fencing athlete to ever win his 10th World Cup?
I had to wait for more than a year for this tenth victory. So, I was appropriately overjoyed. To be able to win World Cups again and again over many years and to rank among the top 10 fencing athletes is not self-evident in our sport that has a very balanced top.
What are your next goals?
In these coming months, I will concentrate on the European and World Championships. My goal is to win more medals – for both, individual and in team. Especially in team with our younger members.
This year, you celebrated a very special victory with Maël. What has changed since you are a dad?
Everyone who is a parent knows how much life changes with the birth of the first child. This wasn’t different for us. But, every day, my girlfriend and I are so grateful for this blessing. This is also a motivation in my profession as fencing athlete.
On May 6, you will drive the Catcher Car at the Wings for Life World Run in Zug. How are you facing this task of being the moving finish line? Are you looking forward to it?
Well, that’s something very special. However, I know that I’m not the one who is really doing the effort, but all the runners who participate.
What is the best thing about the run?
At events like this, it’s all about this beautiful sense of community. To do something together – moreover, for the good cause – always leads to unforgettable experiences.
Is paraplegia personal to you?
As top athlete, you are in regular contact with athletes with physical disabilities. Therefore, I’m pretty close with our most successful wheelchair athletes and admire them for their amazing international successes.
Do you believe that, one day, there will be a cure for spinal cord injuries?
The immense progress in the medical field that has taken place over the past years and decades is very impressive. Just think about the progress they made in the fight against cancer. That’s why I’m very confident that spinal cord injuries will, one day, be more treatable and maybe even curable.