Teenage fencer brings home gold to South Tyneside

Matthew Dickinson, second left, with the other medallists in the Mens Epee at the 2017 School Games.
Matthew Dickinson, second left, with the other medallists in the Mens Epee at the 2017 School Games.

Teenage fencer Matthew Dickinson from East Boldon won all eight of his bouts to take home the men’s epee gold medal at the School Games National Finals at Loughborough University.

The Woodburn Church of England Academy pupil - who is a member o f the Great Britain Epee Junior Men’s Team - performed well to hold off Scotland’s Alex Papadopoulos to walk away with a 15-10 win.

Matthew, 18, said: “The group stage was pretty good, I came away winning five fights 5-nil, one fight 5-2 and one fight 5-3. In the finals there was a point where the other guy went ahead and I brought it back and it was the point when I was ahead which I actually thought ‘this is it’ this is the time I can do it.”

He added: “I’m absolutely buzzing, so happy.

“There’s not many words to describe competing in the School Games. It’s just euphoric. I was happy to be able to compete. It’s been absolutely fantastic. The whole thing has just been an amazing experience and there’s nothing I can fault.”

The National Finals took place at between Thursday August 31 and Sunday.

The School Games are an integrated multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes, with around 1,600 athletes competing across 12 sports, seven of which included disability disciplines.

The 2017 School Games are a national multi-sport event for the most talented disabled and non-disabled young people in the UK.

The sports, seven of which include disability competition – Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Hockey, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis and Girls Cricket.