Kerr Hutchinson finished 6th at the 2011 Cadet World Fencing Championships in Jordan on March 31st. Fencing in his first ever competition outside North America, Kerr proved with this result that he is among the very best epeeists in the world in his age group. After winning 4 of 6 bouts in his first round pool, he found himself ranked 20th overall. In the direct elimination rounds, he came back from a 14-12 deficit to defeat Zoa De Wijn of The Netherlands 15-14 to advance to the top 32. His next opponent was 8th ranked Raymond Schorr of the US, who he eliminated by a score of 15-12. In his next match in the top 16 against 9th ranked Konstantin Nemtryev of Russia, he overcame a 6-1 first period deficit to win 15-12. His final match of the day came in the quarterfinals against #1 ranked Gabriele Cimini of Italy. Kerr put up a good fight, but fell 15-9 to the Italian who would go on to win the bronze. Kerr’s 6th place finish was the best Canadian individual result at this year’s world championships. He was also the only fencer from outside Europe to finish in the top 8.
Teammate Natasha Grodzinski, who was also making her World Championships debut, competed in the cadet women’s sabre event, finishing 45th overall.