Professor Steven Paul

By George Liston, President and Chair of Scottish Fencing

It is with great sadness that I have to inform members of the most untimely death of Steven Paul.  Steve was one of the most talented British fencers of his generation and a world-class épéeist, and British Fencing’s obituary records his achievements.  I would like, briefly, to remember him as an individual.

Very talented, focussed and competing at the top level, he nevertheless remained a most approachable and generous human being.  Several Scottish fencers, myself included, benefited greatly from his support, advice and guidance in both competition environments and during training camps.  As an inexperienced 18-year-old embarking on a senior international career, Steve encouraged me and welcomed me into the senior squad, as he did many others.  His fencing style, his focus and his work ethic were exemplary, his humour rich, varied and inclusive.  A warm human being, he was great fun to be around.

Steve had recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and it is likely that this contributed to the collapse when he sustained his fatal injuries.  My thoughts and those of his many Scottish friends turn to Karen, his wife, and to his boys.  Taken far too soon, but we were glad to have known him.  RIP.