Tredger proves a cut above the rest to lift British epee title

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Crawley Sword Club star Dudley Tredger won the British National Epee Championship in Sheffield. He overcame a field of 97 fenders and performed well above expectations.

Ranked only 10th in the competition, Tredger progressed all the way to the final where he took on Welsh international David Gregory.

Tredger fought back from a bad start to level the score at 12-12 and then 13-13. 

He scored a crucial single hit to take the score to 14-13 and then clinched the national title on a double hit.

Tredger was triumphant in a fast and furious match that was over in the first period.  

He said: “I was over the moon to win this title,”  

Tredger was a member of the GB team which won gold at the Commonwealth Championships two years ago and has been training hard recently to get back to match fitness.

Tredger was in action again at the Sussex Open Fencing competition in Brighton.

True to his current form he brought home gold against tough opposition.

To top off a hat-trick for the month, he then entered the Elite Epee competition, which not only has fencers from the UK, but also includes some of the best from Europe.

Tredger sliced through the 93 strong entrants to make it to the final. The Italian Bombrini was brushed aside by Tredger to make it a third gold medal.

Tredger fences and trains at Crawley Sword Club which meets at K2 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9pm. It was started up by Griffin in 1953 and was previously based at Crawley Leisure centre and at Hazelwick School.

Coach Geoff Griffin said: “Dudley has worked very hard to achieve this and he should be very proud of these results.”

The Crawley Club currently boasts several international players including Chiara McDermott who represents Great Britain at under-20 level, Luke Deamer who competes at under-17s level and Tom Edwards who competes for Wales.

Sarah Steacy fences for Ireland at senior level.

As well as internationals and fun competitors, Crawley currently have a crop of Sussex junior champions such as Euan Deamer, Eleanor Harvie and Jamie Briggs.

Spokesman Cheryl Deamer said: “We have a lot of newcomers who have come back into the sport following on from the Olympics.

“Our chief instructor Geoff has overseen generations of players come through the club since setting it up. He has great enthusiasm and his passion rubs off on everyone else. We have all age-groups from nine to over 80.”