Dr Austen Moore, 83, has been fencing longer than anyone in Britain, having started in 1944 while at Sheffield University, taught by the redoubtable Serg. Cofield. A two-year stint in the RAF, when he won the foil and sabre championships at the Royal Tournament, was followed by many years as a busy GP and family man, when he had little time for fencing. It was not until 20 years ago that his daughter persuaded him to get back into the sport and he joined Birmingham Fencing Club, where he is now vice-chairman.
Last updated 18.May.2010