Alford grammar school fencing stars bag gold

Robert and Emily. Photo supplied.
Robert and Emily. Photo supplied.
Share this article

Two pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Alford have continued their impressive form in the first leg of this year’s regional fencing championships where they both won gold.

Robert Kemp (11) and Emily Goolden (16) both train with Louth Fencing Club under the under the excellent coaching of Jim Harris.

Robert started fencing when he was seven and has never looked back. His recent success reflected his outstanding achievement of being placed eigth in the British Youth Championships in 2013 and winning the Yorkshire U12 Foil Fencing Championships.

He said of his recent success: “It’s the excitement of the matches that makes training hard worthwhile’.

Emily Goolden entered the sport only four years ago after a taster session at the Meridian Centre, Louth and was hooked sayingL “It was like sword fighting and very cool”.

She has recently trained at Millfield School in Somerset and beaten national representatives from England and Wales, building on her success at winning the Yorkshire U16 Foil Fencing Championships last autumn.

Both are committed to training two hours on Sunday and three hours on Thursdays and the school hopes that this commitment will see them progress to the finals once again this year.