It is with great sadness that British Fencing announce the passing of former President, James Chambers, after losing his battle with cancer. James was President from 1994 to 1999 during which time his major achievements included changing the name of the association from the Amateur Fencing Association to British Fencing and managing the changes in how our sport was funded.
James started fencing as a boy and it became a lifelong passion. He served as Captain of the British Epee Squad, as well as serving two terms as the fencing representative on the British Olympic Committee and the FIE Publicity Commission. He was also the commentator for EuroSport and Transworld Sport and presented many programmes on fencing and sword play for the BBC.
James fenced for The Lansdowne Club throughout his career and was proud of his involvement with the Epee Club where he served as Secretary for 8 years and Vice-President for a further 14 years. In 2008 he returned as a fencing coach to his old school, Harrow and masterminded their huge success at the Public Schools Championships in 2011.
James is survived by his wife, Josephine.