Marcus Mepstead (OH 2003) - Endeavour
Marcus Mepstead is the current British National Fencing Champion and in the summer he will be part of the Men’s Foil team representing Great Britain at the team event in Rio De Janeiro Olympics on 12th August. Marcus was one of three brothers who came to the school and admits that while he studied hard and was involved in a lot of sports, he was always known as the ‘cheeky one’. He has very happy memories and keeps in touch with many of his contemporaries.His love of fencing all began here as part of the after-school activity run by Mr Fitzmaurice and Mr Martin. Mr Fitzmaurice remembers that he immediately showed a natural talent for the sport and was soon competing at club level as well as for the school.Through determination and organisation Marcus continued to train and compete throughout his time at Westminster School and then on through University whilst he studied for a degree in Economics and Geography at the London School of Economics. He was a member of the team that earned a bronze medal at the 2010 European Championships in Leipzig, Great Britain's first medal at a major fencing event since 1965. At the age of 20, he became the youngest British athlete to medal at a European Fencing Championships. His achievements to date include:- Team Bronze medals at the 2010 and 2013 European Championships- Team Gold medal at the 2015 European Games- Individual Gold medal at the British ChampionshipsSince graduating from University, Marcus has concentrated one hundred percent on fencing and travels across the world to compete. In 2014 he was drafted into the British World Class Programme ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics and secured his place on the team this spring.He recently returned to The Hall to present an award to our current fencing club and to say thank you to Mr Fitzmaurice for everything that he learnt in those early years.We wish Marcus the very best of luck in Rio, where he is aiming to help win a medal for Great Britain for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and we very much look forward to him returning to The Hall to talk to pupils about his experiences.