WDFC founder Shirley Parker (nee Nethaway) the founder of the WDFC, sadly passed on the 6th March 2016 after a long illness.
Shirley was a double Olympian, twice British Ladies Champion and winner of many medals including the 1965 Commonwealth Games silver medal for women’s Foil and used to run her own fencing club near London. Six years ago she was awarded a Lottery Grant and with help from friends started the WDFC being the chief Coach herself.
With grit and determination she worked hard to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to have a go at fencing. She enjoyed seeing the younger members progress and they very much liked and respected her.