The British Academy of Fencing is saddened to hear of the passing of Jean MacLardy. Jean began fencing at a housewives group in 1971. From this beginner’s introductory class she went on to pass her SAFU and BAF coaching exams. She coached many youngsters in her time starting some international fencers on their paths to success. She ran fencing clubs at St Margarets School and Scotus Academy to name just two. As well as coaching she was an active committee member standing on the Scottish Schools Committee. There will be many in the fencing community with fond memories of Jean. We send our condolences to her family
Results from the Examination Day held at Denstone on April 2nd, may be found here
The Academy is saddened to learn that Peter Green (of Hull) died on the 21.03.16. Peter was a long standing member of the Academy and a regular supporter of our Annual General Meetings. Peter was well like by his colleagues and pupils and he will be missed by all. The Academy offers its deepest sympathy to his family at this very sad time
Message from Prof. Angela Goohall:
"It is with great sadness that I have to tell the fencing community that Istvan Lukovich passed away on Saturday 27th February...."
The above from the Fencing Forum may be of interest to some of the older members who were around when Istvan was one of the foreign coaches invited some years ago to give masterclasses to
Provosts & Masters. He also gave a joint seminar with BAF and the Coaches Club ....
He spoke no English, but was such a charismatic communicator that by the end of the course, we didn't need the interpreter.
In those fascinating sessions, he mainly showed the value of inductive exercises in teaching fencing skills, such as are shown on this Youtube from ~3.00.
Today we received the following from British Fencing. I would like to draw the attention of all our coaches to its contents:
"This weekend at the BUCS Championships there was an incident where a broken foil blade pierced a pair of breeches and caused a leg injury.
British Fencing would like to take this opportunity to remind all coaches and clubs to be ever vigilant. Whilst we can never reduce the risk of accidents to zero, wearing the correct safety equipment during lessons and sparring, as set out in our Safety Guidelines, will reduce the risk of serious injury."
Dr Clare Halsted
Medical Officer British Fencing
The Funeral of John Whitworth will be on 9th February at 2.30pm at Altrincham Crematorium.
John wanted everyone to gather afterwards at the pub for a ‘pie and a pint’ (of course) so Ronnette has arranged a ‘wake’ at the Quarry Bank, Bloomsbury Lane, Timperley – the entrance to the pub car park is on Grove Lane.
A final request from John …. Don’t wear black … He didn’t want "a lot of crows at his funeral" !
Last night (Wednesday 20th January) I received the sad news that John Whitworth, a member for many years sadly lost his battle with cancer.
There is little that I can write to ease the sadness when a member dies. However, it may be of some comfort to know that John will live long in the memory of his many friends, colleagues and pupils from Trafford Fencing Club and Stockport Sword Club. Memories which will be largely very happy ones – albeit tinged with great sadness at the present time.
On behalf of all members of the British Academy of Fencing I offer our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Ronette and family.
At the time of writing I do not have details of the funneral
The John Pounds Centre in Portsmouth is looking for a fencing coach. More information here
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