Life membership is the highest recognition that the ACT Fencing Association can award, and it is with great honour that we bestow this on Anna Robinson. This recognises the long and varied contribution Anna has made to the sport of fencing in the ACT, as a competitive fencer, as a coach, as a developer of capability in the ACT, as an encourager and mentor, and as a builder of clubs.
Anna took up fencing in the mid-1980s, winning several championships. Studies and family commitments prevented her from travelling to competitions in other states, so instead, she turned her energies to instructing and coaching. For over 18 years, Anna has taught thousands of people to fence in the ACT; individuals aged from 4 to 71 years of age, groups from different backgrounds, and inspired others to love the sport as she does. Anna has been passionate about community fencing since she first started the YMCA program in 2001. She continued to provide her time as Coach, Manager, Supporter, and Committee member in a volunteer capacity. This has meant that in the ACT, the ‘sport of kings’ became the ‘sport of the community’ – readily affordable to all.
Anna has been fencing since 1985. In her 32nd year of fencing, her enthusiasm and inspiration has not abated. Congratulations, Anna, we salute you.