Rudy Coessens 1944-2014
Rudy passed away on October 17th 2014, a few weeks before his 70th birthday.
Rudy has marked his era, first as fencer, then as leader, and also as cofounder of the EVFC, member of honour of this association, and president of the Belgian veterans (EVBVS).
24 years ago Rudy Coessens founded with some other enthusiastic European veterans the EVFC, European Veterans Fencing Commitee, and that same year 1991 the first European individual championships took place in Loughborough.
The next year the same championships were hold in Berlin, but with teams.
It was decided to organize the individual and team championships in alternate years.
In 1993 the individual championships were held in Liège, where the age categories were introduced.
After these big successes our own organization was founded at the beginning 1994.
All these years Rudy and our staff has worked on making of our association a model not only of sport, but also of passion.
As Master Verhalle said, “fencing is just like a virus you got”.
And when people abandon fencing, for one reason or another, sooner or later, they come back, and then is the reason for us to exist.
It's also sanitary to keep practicing fencing first for yourself, first of all for your health.
We'd like that our association would be more than a single association, more a big family.
Paul Van Agtmael
President of the Belgian Veterans
© 2010- John Mason, European Veterans Fencing