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MBE AWARDED TO BDFA'S DICKINSON

3rd January 2014

Brian Dickinson Honoured in Queen’s New Years List

The President of the British Disability Fencing Association, Brian Dickinson, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours for his services to Wheelchair Fencing.

Brian has been a prime mover in disability fencing for over fifty years, initially as a multi-medallist at Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth levels as well as numerous domestic gongs.  During his time as an active fencer and since his retirement from the competitive scene he has always invested a great deal of his time encouraging young disabled people to engage with sport.

Brian’s influence in the sport covers a wide range of areas, including competition rules and the design and development of specialist equipment for use in international competition.  He also served on the International Wheelchair Fencing Committee from 1984 until 2005 when, due to health issues he could no longer undertake lengthy excursions.  He has worked as an advisor to the IWFC since then.

Despite reaching the lofty heights of serving on the Directoire Technique at both the Paralympic Games & European Championships, Brian still provides coaching and mentoring to young athletes especially in and around his hometown of Blackpool.

British Fencing warmly congratulates Brian on this well-deserved Honour.

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