Reporter Rob cuts way to top

Robert Brooks with his fencing medal.
Robert Brooks with his fencing medal.

A Gazette reporter swapped his pen for a sword at the weekend, to clinch the British Duelling Sabre Championship in Wales.

Robert Brooks came away with the gold medal following his win at the British Federation for Historical Swordplay Autumn Exchange, held in Aberaeron on Cardigan Bay.

The 40-year-old dad-of-two fought a total of eight bouts, against competitors drawn from across the UK, to take the title.

Unlike modern Olympic fencing, the weapons used were military-style sabres of the 19th century, which are wider and heavier than modern sporting blades.

Robert said: “It was a very tough challenge and I faced an extremely tense final against an excellent left-handed opponent.”

Each bout was scored by the number of strikes landed in three minutes. The final went to 3-3 and was decided by a sudden-death round of just one strike.