In the 2007 New Years Honours, Mr Keith Stuart Mann, of Christchurch, was announced as Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport, in particular fencing.
We received the following message from Keith Mann MNZM:
"I would like to record my appreciation to the Association for its support and for the principal part it has played over the years in building the foundation for the nomination and subsequent award I received in the New Years Honours."
"As with any such national award to an individual it is also recognition of the input and efforts of many people. My thanks to them and those involved in the nomination."
"It is rewarding from a personal viewpoint but it is good for publicising fencing and it is nice to see that a minor sport such as ours can receive recognition in this way."