England Fencing welcomes Samantha Murray and Ayesha Fihosy to the board

England Fencing is delighted to announce the appointment of two new board directors.


Following the recent board elections, Ayesha Fihosy has been appointed to serve a four-year term from the November 2020 AGM.


Ayesha has been fencing for over 15 years and has represented Great Britain at five World and European Championships across cadet, junior, and senior levels. She won a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Australia in the women’s foil event.


Speaking after her appointment, Ayesha said, “I am very pleased to join the England Fencing board as an elected director. I am passionate about the promotion of diversity and inclusion and I believe it is the responsibility of all members of the England Fencing community to play a part in this. I value the uniqueness, beliefs, diversity and cultures of all individuals in our community and wish to create a better culture and more inclusive environment within our sport. I am really excited about this opportunity and I am looking forward to this new role.”


The board also has the pleasure of announcing that Samantha Murray has been appointed as an independent director (the England Fencing board consists of six elected directors and two independent appointed directors).


Sam is a double Olympian in Modern Pentathlon, winning a silver medal at London 2012 and was also World Champion in 2014 and 2015. She was in the top 10 of the modern pentathlon world rankings for 8 consecutive years and enjoyed multiples successes at World Cup Series and World Cup Final events. During her sporting career, Sam graduated from the University of Bath with a BA Hons in French and Politics and also established her consultancy business in executive coaching and public speaking. Since her retirement in 2018, Sam has built highly effective, influential and collaborative relationships across the sports industry as well as directing and delivering workplace wellness strategies for blue chip companies and SMEs. Sam began fencing aged 12 and competed at national competitions in the UK, France, Italy, and Hungary. A huge advocate for the sport, she leads fencing workshops for schools and organisation around the world and continues to champion fencing in her keynote talks.


Speaking after her appointment, Sam said, “I’m delighted to be appointed as an Independent Director for England Fencing. This is an exciting opportunity to drive meaningful change for both current and future members.”


We’re delighted to welcome both Ayesha and Sam to the board, and look forward to their contributions to come in promoting, developing, and fostering fencing in all aspects in England.

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