For the second time this year, Italy suffers another untimely tragedy. On the 25th August, the world lost Davide Canalia – fighter, federation member, organiser, instructor, and friend.
Davide’s popularity in the HMB community and beyond came from his enthusiasm. His desire to see projects through from start to finish was noticed by anyone who met him, and was known as a project manager within the sport, working hard with the Italian Team National Federation and his club, Bellatores BFC, towards a greater goal. In spite of his clear leadership skills, he remained humble, preferring to work with people to gain joint success rather than personal reward. His selflessness and enthusiasm made him an asset to any project, and capture his true spirit.
As a solid fighter, he represented Italy on several occasions at Battle of the Nations, and put his heart and soul into his fighting – many younger fighters would watch and take note of his multidisciplinary skills seen at many different tournaments. Not only was he a keen sportsman, but also a stickler for historical accuracy, and took part in all historical aspects of medieval events – not just the fighting.
The entire HMB community bows its head and pays tribute to Davide, and offers its condolences to his family, his friends, his team, and his nation. To the pioneer, the project manager and inspiration that is Davide Canalia, we bid farewell.