paid to Olympic fencing coach who lived in Burnham-On-Sea
have been paid to a world-renowned fencing coach from Burnham-On-Sea
who died in a horror road crash just days after his top student
was selected for the Olympic Games.
James Perry, 65, who has tutored many of Britains top fencers,
was killed in a crash
near Burnham last Friday when his Ford Mondeo collided with
a VW Golf.
accident came after the fencing experts top student James
Davis who he has been teaching since the age of 12
was selected to represent Team GB.
James has this week paid tribute to his coach and said he would
like to follow in Professor Perrys footsteps by becoming
a world-class fencing coach.
only hope when I start coaching I can teach his way of fencing
to a new generation that will thrive off his work, as I have done."
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."
hope I made him proud of all that I achieved and that he knew
so much of my success was due to what he instilled in me."
sports tutor, who lived in Burnham, was a qualified full Master
of the British Academy of Fencing and professor in the art of
wrote a coaching manual, Coaching Today, and also set up
his own fencing club, called Excalibur International, which was
based in Winscombe.
Perry also sat on the committee of the British Academy of Fencing
for six years and gained a top fencing accolade of Academie Darmes
died at the scene of the crash on the Causeway outside Middlemoor
Water Park last Friday.
wife Jacqui, who was married to him for ten years, said he was
on his way to teach at one of his favourite schools, Sturminster
Newton, in Dorset, at the time of the accident.
said her husband, who was known as Jim, had told her how proud
he was that 21 year-old James Davis had made it into the British
team and is due to compete in the Foil Individual and Team events.
Perry said: "He ranked number one in Great Britain and Jim
has been training James since he was 12. He became a mentor for
him, not just for fencing but as a role model."
been fencing since he was 19. It was his love and he was brimming
with pride and happiness. It was his dream come true to have someone
he taught represent Britain at the Olympics."
Professor Perry was also a professional ski-instructor, Arctic
warfare, survival and adventure training instructor and mountain