KING Edward XI School Stratford fencers have returned from the 2019 British School Team Championships with an unprecedented level of success.
Between 2015 and 2017, KES won all three of the secondary age boys’ sabre titles (under 13, 15 and 18) for three consecutive years.
However, last year, they were beaten to the under 13 title by Brentwood. This year, the school returned with a vengeance, not just winning back the under 13 boys’ title and continuing their dominance in the under 15 and 18 boys’ events, but also taking the silver medals in all three events as well.
This meant no other school even contested a final in the secondary boys’ sabre events, allowing KES to claim a historic ‘triple double’ of medals.
KES head of fencing Rob Cawdron said: “It’s a huge credit to all the boys and the coaches. We were disappointed last year to lose out on the under 13 boys’ title, so we sat down together in September and agreed this was something we, as a club, wanted to put right.
“To come away with not just all the titles, but all the silver medals as well, is a reflection of the commitment and discipline the boys have shown throughout the year.
“Knowing we had not one, but two teams, capable of winning each title is a great feeling.”