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1950

Empire Fencing Federation formed by C-L. de Beaumont to help organise the Fencing at British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand (the first time fencing included in the Games).

Five countries compete in the event.

President: C-L. de Beaumont
Hon. Secretary: Mary Glen Haig
Fees: 2.50 per annum.

1954

Six countries compete in fencing at British Empire and Commonwealth Games (Vancouver, Canada).

1958

Ten countries compete in fencing at British Empire and Commonwealth Games (Cardiff, Wales).

1962

Seven countries compete in fencing at British Empire and Commonwealth Games (Perth, Australia).

1966

Six countries compete in fencing at British Commonwealth Games (Kingston, Jamaica).

1970

Twelve countries compete in fencing at British Commonwealth Games (Edinburgh, Scotland).

C.F.F. decide to organise Commonwealth Fencing Championships independently in future.

1974

Seven countries compete in first independent British Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Ottawa, Canada).

J. Emrys Lloyd elected President.
Hon. Secretary: Mrs Mary A. Glen Haig.

The secretary was asked to collate a case for Fencing in the Games.
Fees increased to 5.00 per annum

1978

Eight countries compete in British Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Glasgow, Scotland).

Federation renamed British Commonwealth Fencing Federation.

J. Emrys Lloyd resigned - Mrs Mary A. Glen Haig elected President.
Hon. Secretary: Mrs Joan Pienne.

1982

Eight countries compete in Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Barnstaple, England).

Federation renamed Commonwealth Fencing Federation.

1986

Thirteen countries compete in Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Cardiff, Wales).

1990

Fourteen countries compete in Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Manchester, England).

Event run withthe sponsorship of the Manchester Olympic Bid.

Piers J. P. Jones elected President.
Hon. Secretary: Neil StC. L'Amie.

1992

Commonwealth Fencing Federation meeting held in Genoa.

Fees increased to 10.00 per annum.

1993

Commonwealth Fencing Federation meeting held in Buffalo.

Confirmed that Grandparents can be used as Eligibility to Fence for one's Country, and that the host Country could field two teams.

1994

Eleven countries compete in Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Whistler, Canada).

Technical Commission nominated to produce "Guidelines for Championships".

Fees increased to 50.00 per annum (smaller countries 6.00 per annum).

Rule allowing two teams for host countries rescinded.

1995

Commonwealth Fencing Federation meeting held in Paris.

Planning for Handbook on the Organisation of the Championships.

1996

Commonwealth Fencing Federation meeting held in Kuala Lumpur.
Handbook accepted.

Planning for Award for Deserving Fencers.

1997

Commonwealth Fencing Federation meeting held in Cape Town.

Rules of the Commonwealth Fencing Federation revised and renamed Statutes.

Rules for the Championships and details of Awards for Significant Fencing were finalised.

Farewells sent to Hong Kong as they left the Commonwealth in 1997.

1998

Twelve countries compete in Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Shah Alam, Malaysia).

2000

Location for 2002 Championships to be either Northern Ireland or Australia.

A postal vote of all countries involved found in favour of going to Australia.

2002

Eleven countries compete in Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Newcastle, Australia).

Piers Jones, having completed 12 years in office, resigned as President and, in consequence, Neil L'Amie as Hon. Secretary/Treasurer.

Helen Smith (AUS) elected President, and selected Bob Hemery as Hon. Secretary/Treasurer.

Chris Stamp (WAL) and Felix Tan (SIG) Vice Presidents; Piers Jones and Neil L'Amie Hon. Vice Presidents.

2006

Nine countries compete in the inaugural Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championships (Chennai, India).

Fourteen countries compete in Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

2007

Seven countries compete in the Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championships (Toronto, Canada)

2009

Thirteen countries compete in the Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championships (Penang, Malaysia).

Twelve countries compete in the Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championships (St Helier, Jersey).

2010 Fourteen countries compete in Commonwealth Fencing Championships and eleven countries compete in Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
2012

Fourteen countries compete in Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championships in St Helier, Jersey.

Eleven countries compete in the Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championships in Singapore.

Eminent past members

Bob Turner

1941 - 2013

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.

Obituary (.pdf document) Bob Turner 1941 - 2013

Arun Kumar Vij

The Fencing community was saddened to hear of the sudden death of CFF Vice President – Arun Kumar Vij. Mr Vij passed away on 30 June 2012. He was, amongst other things, the Secretary General of the Fencing Association of India.

It is with great sadness that the CFF posts this release and we aresure all members of the Fencing community will endorse our message of sympathy to his family.

John Ramsay

2nd March 1941 - 13th May 2012

With a career in Fencing spanning more than 50 years, John Ramsay was instrumental in establishing the Commonwealth Fencing Federation (CFF) Technical Commission and became the first Chair in 2002. John was dedicated to making the Technical Commission a proficient entity that would ensure CFF Championships were run as quality fencing events, wherever they might be held.

John will be sorely missed, but he will not be forgotten. He was a dear friend of many in the Commonwealth Fencing family. His legacy is the assurance that world-class fencing will always distinguish CFF Championships and that we remain committed to maintaining his standards and vision.

Obituary (.pdf document) John Ramsay 1941 - 2012

Piers Jones

16th March 1943 - 14th November 2011

Piers Jones was a modern-day Renaissance man in the wide range of his interests, abilities and achievements. He was a teacher, fencer, fencing coach, actor, violinist,organist and choirmaster, computer buff, businessman, traveller and bon-viveur, both practitioner and administrator in all of them.

1990 he was elected President of the Commonwealth Fencing Federation. He held this post until 2002, through three Commonwealth championships. Piers was quite seriously ill for the last few years of his life, not that he let it hold him back much, but he maintained close contact with his fencing friends, old and not-so-old, to the end.

Obituary (.pdf document) Piers Jones 1943 - 2011