Clean Sweep at Public Schools’ Fencing Championships

The Truro School Fencing Team have taken this year’s Public Schools’ Fencing Championships by storm with every member of the team claiming medals in their chosen discipline.


Held between March 17-19, this year’s championships saw over 200 of the UK’s top fencers descend upon the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London.



Despite a large field of opponents the 13 member team all claimed podium finishes, picking up five gold, three silver and five bronze medals.


The medal haul has also resulted in Truro retaining the Brian Howes sabre trophy for another year, giving Truro School the title of best sabre fencing public school in the country.


Lucy Jupp, Head of Fencing at Truro School, said:

“This year’s Public Schools’ Fencing Championships has been a real triumph and testament to the hard work and number of hours of training that our fencers have put in over the course of the year. This has been a jam packed season and now, at the business end of the year, we are seeing our fencers excel.”

The Story of the Competition

In the boys’ events, Eoghan Cromie was first to stand on the podium, claiming bronze in both the junior boys’ epee and junior boys’ foil events.


This consistency, along with his 16th place finish in the junior boys’ sabre event meant that Eoghan also claimed the junior boys’ master at arms title, awarded for top performer across all three fencing disciplines, sabre, epee and foil.


Bertie Holdsworth Truro School Fencing

Truro School’s Bertie Holdsworth gets ready to fight at the Public Schools’ Fencing Championship

The junior boys’ sabre event saw Jamie Craze retain his title from last year in a tense final between his friend, and Truro sparring partner, Bertie Holdsworth.


Jamie’s victory was the first time in the competition’s history that the junior boy title had been retained.


Josh Maxwell was Truro’s only entrant in the senior boys’ sabre event batting hard throughout the day to be rewarded with a gold medal.


There were a full trio of medals in the girls’ sabre event with Caitlin Maxwell defeating Maria Chart in a closely contested final along with Lily Wood finishing third to take bronze.


The day was eventually finished off by Lily’s younger sister, Molly, who won gold in her event with teammate Keely Rodda claiming bronze.



Mrs Jupp said:

“To have every member of our team come back to Cornwall with a podium place in their event is fantastic. Without question, this has been our most successful Public Schools’ Fencing Championships in recent years.”


The school’s junior fencers have since turned their attention to Poland with the Truro Fencing Club team competing in the International Challenge Wratislava tournament.


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