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Brentwood pupil Gale proves a point to be named Young Sports Personality of Year

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 November 2017

Madeleine Gale (Pic: Brentwood School)

Madeleine Gale (Pic: Brentwood School)

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Brentwood School fencer Madeleine Gale has become one of the youngest ever winners of the Young Sports Personality of the Year trophy.

Madeleine Gale in action (Pic: Brentwood School)Madeleine Gale in action (Pic: Brentwood School)

The 14-year-old was shortlisted in the category, which recognizes an athlete who has made a significant impact over the last year at a regional, national or international level either individually or as part of a team.

Not only was the year three pupil one of the youngest winners of the Young Sports Personality gong, she was also the only female winner at the ceremony.

The Brentwood Sports and Health Awards is an annual event that celebrates, recognises and applauds the efforts and outstanding achievements of various sporting organisations and individuals.

Mum Elaine Gale said: “I’m extremely proud of her, but it is one that could never have happened without school master and fencing coach Christian Galesloot’s unrelenting determination and hard work that gives Maddy, and all his fencers, the passion and skill to become world class fencers one day.”

Galesloot added: “Maddy Gale is a very talented young athlete and has been fencing since the age of seven. Maddy fences foil and trains on average 12 hours a week purely for fencing.

“She does another two hours per week working on her strength and conditioning.

“At various times, Maddy has been Essex and Eastern Region champion, won a silver medal at the England Youth Championships, bronze medals at the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships and various quarter-final positions in England and British Youth Championships.

“Internationally she finished in 38th place in the under-14 World Class International Tournament, in Paris, with over 180 fencers from all over the world.

“As her coach at Brentwood School, I am very proud that she has won this prestigious award.

“Maddy is very dedicated to her sport and I have no doubt that she will continue to represent her school, region, England and Great Britain in a fantastic manner.”

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