Posted 1st May 2012
It is with deep sadness that the EKF has learned of the passing of Suzanne Genery. After a period of illness, Suzanne passed away on 30th April 2012.
Many will remember Suzanne for the work she did within the EKGB. It was her tireless efforts and commitment that saw the then NGB establish itself as the lead body for karate in England, and ensured karate received the support, and recognition she felt it deserved from various sports bodies.
Suzanne was instrumental in establishing clear coaching qualifications and guidelines for karate, and help lead karate into the modern era of Sport development. Her commitment to the England squad was second to none, and it was her work that saw funding of the England squad like never before and not matched since.
She will be remembered for her positive attitude, her infectious humour and her drive to succeed. Suzanne was also an able Wado Ryu karate-ka who competed at the highest levels being a former Wado Ryu European Kata and Kumite champion. She was a senior instructor and founder of the BWKU, and though she went on to work for the British Equestrian Federation, she never lost her enthusiasm for the art.
The Board, on behalf of the EKF, extends its deepest condolences to Suzanne’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.