Vale Bill Hoskyns
The CFF is sad to announce the passing in August 2013 of Bill Hoskyns. Bill was a much admired World and Commonwealth Champion and a dual Olympic medallist. He won a record aggregate of nine gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in both épée and sabre, although had to settle for silver in foil.
The CFF will greatly miss him as a true gentleman and respected friend of Fencing in the Commonwealth.
His obituary in The Telegraph can be viewed at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/sport-obituaries/10250862/Bill-Hoskyns.html
Vale Bob Turner
There have been many tributes to Bob Turner, a much respected friend and colleague of many in the world of fencing. He was a real gentleman with a great sense of fun, always fair and genuine.
Bob was a great supporter of Fencing across the Commonwealth and was one of the stalwarts of British and Welsh Fencing. At the time of his death, he was Chairman of Welsh Fencing, Chairman of Whitchurch Fencing Club and since 2009, President of the Commonwealth Veterans' Fencing Association. Bob was a source of inspiration and encouragement to so many and will be sorely missed.
Fencing was included in the Commonwealth Games from 1950 (when the event was still known as the British Empire Games) through to 1970.
Since that time, as a Commonwealth Games Federation Recognised Sport, Commonwealth Fencing Open Championships have been held every four years, in the same year as the Commonwealth Games.
All of these events are overseen by the Commonwealth Fencing Federation.