Keith Cook

YST Keith Cook

Biography:

Keith has enjoyed a highly decorated career in fencing, including 6 Commonwealth medals, a European team bronze medal and a British Championship. He continues to represent Great Britain at international level, winning more than 100 caps, and remains the youngest fencer to be selected for the Scottish Senior Team at the age of 15. However, Keith’s journey to the top was not an easy one. Coming from a difficult home life and growing up in a disadvantaged area, he had to work hard to achieve his goals – overcoming many adversities, including coping with dyslexia. Keith’s first experience of fencing came at 11, and he quickly went on to compete for Great Britain at cadet and junior level. 

As a senior, he joined the World Class programme in 2006, training on a full-time basis with his British teammates in London. Since leaving in 2010, he has put his experience and energy into coaching from grassroots to performance level. As well as his numerous coaching and Athlete Mentor roles, Keith is an ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland. In 2015 he won the Young Person’s Coach of the Year at the Edinburgh Sports Awards for the third year running.

Sporting Achievements:

  • British Fencing Champion
  • Commonwealth Games Medallist
  • European Championships Team Bronze Medallist.