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Shirley Parker (Obit.)

shirley-parkerWDFC 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. Continue reading

Bill Hoskyns MBE

The photo shows Bill when he won the Challenge Martini International Championship in 1963.

The photo shows Bill when he won the Challenge Martini International Championship in 1963.

The West Dorset Fencing Club, based in Bridport, is mourning the loss of one of it’s most supportive members. Bill Hoskyns MBE of North Perrott, has been associated with the club for several years, bringing his grandchildren to learn fencing and fencing himself with the club members. He died at the weekend after a long illness.

Hoskyns was one of the greatest fencers this country has produced, representing Great Britain in no less than six Olympic Games. He was world epee champion in 1958, won an Olympic silver medal as part of the brilliant team in the Rome Olympics in 1960, and four years later won a second silver at the Tokyo Olympics, this time in the individual event. Over his fencing career he took nine Commonwealth gold medals, and held a record never surpassed in British fencing.

In the 1950s he would frequently fly his own plane to competitions abroad and in 1956 he caused something of a sensation by being the first civilian to fly into Budapest since the war.

To catalogue his achievements and competition successes over his years of fencing would, indeed, take up several pages, but for his last few years he devoted his time and support to our local club, who will never forget him.

Shirley Parker, founder of the West Dorset Fencing Club, and herself a member of the Rome and Tokyo Olympic teams, says “Bill was always the perfect English gentleman. He had won so many competitions, but no one ever heard him say a word that could have been taken as conceited. He won seven British National Championship titles at three different weapons, and many major competitions abroad against the world’s best, but he will also be remembered for his willingness to help young fencers and to support our club in every way.”

 

2012 Foil Fencing Championships

West Dorset Fencing Club championships got off to a spirited start on Thursday with eight young fencers under the age of thirteen fighting for the Junior title.  Fencing being equally a sport for girls and boys, the pool was mixed, but it turned out to be the girls’ night.  From five  boys and three girls, the girls were 1st., 2nd and 3rd !  The winner was 12 yr.old  Ellie Baldwin, who fenced with tremendous determination throughout the evening and won all of her fights, thoroughly deserving her first place.  She was closely contested by her friend, Caitlin Oldham, also 12, who was runner up after an exciting final bout.   3rd.place and this year’s style prize went to one of the youngest members of the club, Isabel d’Arrigo, and it was a delight to see neat and controlled fencing from a young lady of only 8 years old! Continue reading

Olympic Torch

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Anticipation and excitement were well and truly fuelled in the run up to the Olympic Games when Bridport’s fencing coach Csaba Hajdu brought along an Olympic torch to show his club.

All the juniors jumped at the chance to hold the torch and tried to count the 8,000 holes, denoting each runner carrying the flame. Continue reading

Welcome to our new coach

WEST Dorset Fencing Club have pulled off a coup by engaging their first professional international coach.

Csaba Hajdu is from Hungary, which has always been one of the world’s leading countries in fencing, with their coaches being highly sought after for their expertise and unique technical fencing skills. Hajdu has studied under the world famous Hungarian Master, Professor Lukovitch, and it is expected that his energetic approach will give an injection of impetus to the fast growing club.

They are proud to have aroused professional interest, and give credit to ex-world champion and Olympic medallist, Allan Jay from North Perrott, who is their honorary president and who discovered that Hajdu was due to come to live in the West Country. Continue reading

2011 Championships

Big Night for Fencing Club

West Dorset Fencing Club held their third annual Club Championships last Thursday at The Sir John Colfox Scool, and the progression from last year’s competition was very noticeable. Continue reading

Fencing is Good For You!

We’ve always known it: Fencing is a veritable health panacea. Not only for the you… but especially for older people as the activity was effective in counteracting cognitive deterioration. Read more from Fencing Magazine…

Award of Merit

SHIRLEY Parker, chairman and head coach of West Dorset Fencing Club, has just come back from an exciting day at the headquarters of the British Olympic Association.

She attended a special ceremony and, watched by the hierarchy of British Fencing, including Britain’s 2012 two top fencers and medal hopefuls Richard Kruse and Laurence Halstead, she received a British Fencing Association Award of Merit. Parker was one of only four people specially selected for this honour. Continue reading