My son is 13 years old and is fencing for 3 years now. His coach is pressing for him (and us) to take part in tournements abroad. He is allready taking part in 10-15 tournements a year. He is doing pretty well in his age category (up to 15 years) and got a few times a medal (1-th once, 3-rd place 2-3 times) and sometimes not. He also participates in higher ages tournaments and has still a long way to go there. The coach claims that the competition abroad will make a big difference. I am worried that it is premature since he has a lot of work to go still inside the country and the expenses for such trips are large. In addition, I don't see how another competition can change that much his performance. The coach also presses for this other people which are younger and with less successes. I would like to hear your thoughts as perants with experiance in the field regarding the impact and what is the right time to dive into that pool. Another item is that this we are in a small country that has about 70 competitors in each competition (if this is relevant).