concludes Burnham-On-Sea fencing coach died of drowning
world-renowned fencing coach from Burnham-On-Sea died of drowning
when his car ended on its roof in a rhyne after colliding with
another vehicle, a coroner ruled on Thursday (December 6th).
James Perry, 65, who had tutored many of Britains top fencers,
was killed in a crash
near Burnham in July when his Ford Mondeo was involved in
a collision with a VW Golf.
inquest was held in Taunton on Thursday and West Somerset coroner
Michael Rose said the cause of death had been accidental drowning.
Perry drowned in his car. No physical injuries were visible on
his body. His car overturned and came to rest roof-down in a rhyne
and he was unable to escape," the coroner told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
sports tutor, who lived in Burnham, was a qualified full Master
of the British Academy of Fencing and a professor in the art of
fencing. He wrote a coaching manual, Coaching Today, and
also set up his own fencing club, called Excalibur International,
which was based in Winscombe.
also sat on the committee of the British Academy of Fencing for
six years and gained a top fencing accolade of Academie Darmes
accident came after the fencing expert's top student, James Davis,
whom he had taught since the age of 12, was selected to represent
Team GB at the London Olympics.
said: "He will always be remembered as the greatest coach
I ever worked with; someone who devoted so much of his time to
one pupil so that one day he could see them shine."
this year, Mr Perry's wife said her husband had been on his way
to teach at one of his favourite schools, Sturminster Newton,
in Dorset, at the time of the accident. She said her husband,
who was known as Jim, had told her how proud he was that James
Davis had made it into the British team.