23rd December 2013
Eve Davies (née Berry) [1924 – 2013]
Eve Davies was one of Britain’s most distinguished fencers and administrators. A member of Salle Paul, she first came to prominence in 1952, when she won the junior championship. In 1955 and 1958, she won the Desprez Cup and was twice runner-up to Gillian Sheen in the British Championships. For five years she was a member of the British team at the World Championships – 1954, 1955, 1956 (team), 1957 and 1959.
Eve went on to play a major role in women’s foil administration, being Team Manager and captain for many years, including the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games, then president of the Ladies’ Amateur Fencing Union from 1973 to 1976 and chairman until 1981. She was made a Vice-President of British Fencing in 1981 and was awarded the BFA gold medal in 2003.