Magda Fedor

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Magda Fedor
Personal information
Nickname(s) Aunt Baby, Aunt Georgie
Nationality Hungarian
Born (1914-01-14)14 January 1914
Pinkaszentkirály, Kingdom of Hungary
Died 8 December 2017(2017-12-08) (aged 103)
Years active 1939–1979
Spouse(s) Lajos Kisgyörgy
Sport
Country Hungary
Sport Sports shooting
Club Budapesti Honvéd SE
Coached by Lajos Kisgyörgy

Magda Fedor (Kisgyörgy Lajosné; 14 January 1914 – 8 December 2017) was an Hungarian sports shooter, 123-time national champion, multiple World Championships and European Championships medalist.

Early life[edit]

Born in Pinkaszentkirály (today part of Vasalja) in 1914 as the fifth child of the family, they soon moved to nearby Szombathely, where Fedor grew up and studied in the local girls' gymnasium. During her school years she practiced figure skating and tennis; being a talented tennis player she was signed by local club Szombathelyi SE, where she played alongside József Asbóth, who later won the French Open.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1938 she married to flight lieutenant Lajos Kisgyörgy, with whom she met in the tennis club. The couple first moved to Székesfehérvár, subsequently they settled in Budapest. Kisgyörgy, an outstanding pentathlete of his time and later a renowned shooting coach, introduced sport shooting to Fedor, who pursued a competitive career from 1939.[1]

Coached by her husband, Fedor competed till 1979, during which period she won 123 Hungarian national championship titles in different disciplines and positions, including 68 single victories and a triumph in the men's field. Additionally, she set a number of national records.[1]

Fedor also participated at several European and World Championships; she collected two silver medals and six bronze medals at European Championships and one silver and two bronze medals at World events.[2] She never had the chance to take part at the Olympic Games, since sport shooting for women was introduced to the Olympic program only in 1984.[2]

After retiring from competitive sport, Fedor became a shooting coach. Among the clubs she coached are KSI SE, Zalka SE – the club of the National Military Technical College – and Óbuda Lövész Egyesület;[1] most recently, aged over 90, she has been coaching the shooters of Igazságügyi Minisztérium Duna Lövészklubja.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Fedor has two well-known nicknames. Being a late child, she was called at home simply Baba (Baby), that turned to Baba néni (Aunt Baby) for her adulthood and is known under this name among the shooters. In the absence of her husband she often held the shooting practice of the Hungarian pentathlon national team, where she got the nickname Gyuri néni (Aunt Georgie), a transformation of her husband's nick Gyuri bácsi (Uncle Georgie).[1][2]

Fedor's daughter, Magda is an all-round sportsperson who won national titles in alpine skiing, shooting and tennis; her son, Lajos Jr. also continued the family tradition and became a sport shooter.[1] Her grandchild, Gergely Kisgyörgy is a professional tennis player and multiple Hungarian Tennis Championships winner in doubles. He also played for the Hungary Davis Cup team, winning 16 of his 24 singles rubbers and 7 out of his 13 doubles matches.[3] Fedor died on 8 December 2017 at the age of 103.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Baba néni 100 éves" (in Hungarian). Hungarian Shooting Association. 14 January 2014. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kálnoki Kis, Attila (14 January 2014). "Ünnep: 100 éves az örökös magyar bajnok" (in Hungarian). Sport24. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "David Cup Player Profile – Gergely Kisgyörgy". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Elhunyt Kisgyörgy Lajosné, Baba néni" (in Hungarian). pentathlon.hu. 9 December 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.