Tributes paid to IOC honorary member Dame Mary Glen-Haig

18 November 2014 / 22:04

Tributes have been paid to International Olympic Committee honorary member Dame Mary Glen-Haig, who passed away on Saturday, aged 96.

Between 1948 and 1960 Dame Mary made four appearances on the British Olympic fencing team - following in the footsteps of her father William James, who competed at the 1908 Games in London. She also won gold medals at the 1950 and 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

She was one of the first women members of the IOC, serving the organisation between 1982 and 1994, including a decade on the IOC's medical commission.

She also held several positions within the British Olympic Association and the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), of which she was made a member of honour in 1999. In recognition of her lifelong commitment to sport, she was awarded the Olympic Order at the Centennial Olympic Congress in 1994 in Paris. 

"Dame Mary Alison Glen-Haig lived a life full of passion for sport and was a pioneer in many respects", said IOC President Thomas Bach.

"Her skills on the sports field, as well as in the medical field, combined with her warm personality, made her unique. She was a true inspiration."