Fencing gold medal a family affair

The Commonwealth Fencing Championships saw a former Brentwood pupil following in his older brother’s footsteps

Old Brentwood Alexander Crutchett has emulated his brother Anthony by winning a gold medal for England in the men’s sabre at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships. Four years ago, Alex’s older brother and fellow OB Anthony won Commonwealth gold in the same discipline.

The six-day championships, held at Largs in Scotland, have seen some of the world’s most talented fencers fighting for Commonwealth glory. Fencing is one of the world’s fastest sports and the event attracted 300 athletes from 20 countries.

Headmaster Ian Davies said: “This is wonderful news and a very proud moment for Brentwood School. Their success is testament to the quality of coaching and the hard work and commitment of fencers at Brentwood.”

Alex, who attended Brentwood School from 1995 until 2008, studied classical archaeology and ancient history at Oxford. He captained the Oxford University Fencing Team.

Former Brentwood School coach Katherine Kempe, representing Wales, took gold in the women’s sabre event at the Championships. 


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