It is with a sense of loss I announce to the Fencing New Zealand community of the unexpected death last Wednesday morning of Robyn Chaplin, OAM.
Robyn was a popular Australian fencer and friend to many New Zealand fencers. She will remain in the hearts and thoughts of many of the New Zealand fencers who met her and were touched, moved and inspired by her kindness, her wonderful sense of humour and her joy for life. Robyn will be missed by all of us.
On behalf of Fencing New Zealand I extend our deepest sympathy to Robyn's family at this difficult time, and especially to her daughter Andrea Barratt who we remain close to as a well known and respected fencing personality in her own right.
The funeral will be held on Thursday 10 February in Adelaide.
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Robyn Chaplin was a former fencer and Australian national finalist, Robyn served the AFF in many roles - as Vice President, Secretary General, Australian Team Manager and later President from 1976 to 1980. She was awarded Life Membership of the AFF in 1993. She was also Vice President of the Commonwealth Fencing Federation from 1976 to 1980 and President of SAAFA from 1971 to 1988.
She represented Fencing as Delegate to the Australian Olympic Committee and the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), and contributed to the wider sporting community as a Founding Director of the Confederation of Australian Sport; Assistant Manager, Women for the 1976 Australian Olympic Team; and as a Delegate and Chair of the SA Olympic Council.
Most recently, she was a member of the team who worked on the highly successful 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Fencing event - as the key liason for all the senior of the various international federations.
She was a pioneer and role model for other women in sport, in many cases being the first woman to hold the positions mentioned above. In recognition of these achievements she received a number of prestigious awards and honours.
Robyn will be missed by all of us.
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