When I started Wrexham Fencing Club over twenty years ago, Bob as Chairman of Welsh Fencing, guided us though the red tape, suggesting ideas. In addition, he assisted us regarding funding.
Some years later, Henry asked if we could start up a Welsh Veterans Fencing Association. The nine Veterans in Wales agreed to this, after Peter Stewart organised two Veterans Welsh competitions.
The WVFA now has over 90 members, and Bob had been a committee member ever since its inception. As Veteran fencing grew throughout the world Bob represented Wales in Great Britain, Europe, the Commonwealth, and the World. He was President of the Commonwealth Veterans' Fencing Association, Chairman of Welsh Fencing and Chairman of Whitchurch Fencing Club.
Bob was a superb epeeist, and other friends who knew him as a young man will tell you of his skill.
We will all miss him so much.
Our deepest condolences to Vivian, Ben and the Family
Mike Norfolk MBE
Bob Turner, who died following a serious illness on 19 February 2013, had a long and distinguished fencing career, joining his local fencing club in Cardiff as a schoolboy. He represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games of 1966 and again in 1970, the last at which fencing appeared in the programme. One of his greatest successes was at the 1974 Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Ottawa, where he led the Welsh epee team to a silver medal.
He was friendly and encouraging towards everyone. Invariably even tempered, never to be hurried, he was always good company, and worth listening to. Both Bob's parents were sports enthusiasts. Before he took up fencing at the age of 18, Bob was himself a keen cricketer. He was educated at grammar schools in Cardiff and Wales and at London and Swansea Universities. In 1976 he married Vivien Lysaght, whose career was in the health service and higher education, and whose spirited strong-minded nature complemented his more reticent personality. His own career was as an academic, lecturing in politics and management at the University of Wales; he often took the trouble to bring his students into contact with key political figures. Always a fount of common sense and free of personal bias, he came to devote almost as much time and trouble to sports administration.
He served on numerous bodies, including the Welsh Sports Council and the Welsh Sports Association, as well as being vice-chairman and subsequently chairman of Welsh Fencing 1985-2012, and president of the Commonwealth Veterans Fencing Association 2009-2013. He was also a long-serving governor, latterly a director, of the sports charity SportsAid Cymru Wales. For his services to fencing, Bob received the BFA silver medal in 2006 and in 2011 was awarded a Torch Trophy by Princess Alexandra.
To the last, Bob was a competitive fencer. In 1997 he took the silver medal in the veterans' world epee championship trial event in Johannesburg. Following surgery in 2007, he immediately got back into fencing to compete in the veterans' world championships in Sydney.
As recently as May 2012, Bob fenced for the veterans' team in the Welsh epee championships, where they finished second behind a formidable Cardiff A team. “Not a bad result for the old dogs!”, he commented at the time.
Bob will be remembered for his constant enthusiasm, generosity and friendship that encouraged us all to do more. He will be greatly missed.
From The Sword with permission
Congratulations to Bob Turner, Chairman of Welsh Fencing, on being awarded a Torch Trophy for Services to Fencing.
The Torch Trophy Trust has its origins in the 1948 Olympics held in London, and presents Awards to individuals who have been identified as making an outstanding contribution as a volunteer in their chosen sport.
Bob has served the sport of fencing throughout a long and distinguished career, since joining his local fencing club in Cardiff as a schoolboy. He quickly made progress as a fencer and he was awarded his International Colours in the early sixties. As well as being a committed competitor, he had already started to give back a lot of his time to the club, in administration and in other ways. He always found time to help where required, giving great priority to fencing at grassroots level.
His competitive success continued - with one of his greatest moments taking place at the 1974 Commwealth Fencing Championships, where he led the Welsh team to a silver medal. Back at home, Bob became a member of the Welsh Sports Council and chair of the Welsh Sports Association, as well as many other respected positions that have resulted in many people benefitting from his experience and great sense of fairness. In more recent times, Bob underwent major surgery but continued with the day-to-day administration of Welsh fencing throughout his recovery. Once back to full health, he immediately got back into competing in the World Veterans Championships in Australia.
Bob is the epitome of the true amateur enthusiast and has put more back into the sport than he has ever taken from it. His love for fencing has never diminished and at 70 he is as keen as ever. Many people over his lifetime have benefitted from his selfless enthusiasm.