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Canada’s men’s foil and women’s sabre athletes were the final disciplines to compete in the preliminary rounds at the 2019 Senior World Fencing Championships in Budapest.  With important Olympic qualifying points on the line, Canada has advanced another four athletes to the main draw to bring the total number of Canadian fencers to advance to 13.

Men’s foil started the day off strong with three athletes advancing to Saturday’s final rounds.  Eli Schenkel, a Canadian living in the US, had a perfect record in poules, winning all six bouts and advanced directly to the top 64’s.  Blake Broszus, also living in the US, had five wins and one loss in poules.  He had a bye in the first elimination round and then defeated Peter Files from Croatia by a score of 15-9 to advance to Saturday.  Maximilien Van Haaster (Montreal, QC) had three wins and two losses in poules but then went on to handily defeat his competitors in the elimination rounds.  He defeated Santiago Luccetti of Argentina 15-5 and Tse Yuan Chen of Taipei 15-4 to advance to the final 64’s.  Misha Sweet of Winnipeg did not advance.

In women’s sabre, Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC), fresh off her individual bronze medal at the 2019 Senior Pan American Championships, battled to make it through to the final rounds on Saturday.  She had three wins and three losses in poules and then won her first elimination bout 15-13 against her competitor from Thailand.  She faced Marta Puder from Poland in her second elimination bout and won 15-11.  Madison Thurgood had a 4-2 record in poules and a bye in the first round. She then faced Milagros Pastran from Venezuela and lost a heartbreaker, 15-13.  Marissa Ponich (Edmonton, AB) lost her first elimination bout and did not advance.  Pamela Brind’Amour (St. Martine, QC) unfortunately had to withdraw due to injury.

Competition continues tomorrow with the final Individual rounds for Women’s Epee and Men’s Sabre.  Epeeists Leonora Mackinnon and Malinka Hoppe Montanaro will be taking the stage, along with men’s sabre athletes Shaul Gordon, Joseph Polossifakis and Fares Arfa. For live results and live streaming, please visit: https://www.2019budapest.com/.

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Canada’s top senior women’s foil and men’s epee athletes were in action today for their preliminary rounds at the 2019 Senior World Fencing Championships in Budapest.  Four athletes advance to the top 64’s which take place Friday, July 19th.

Canada’s women’s foil athletes started off the day on a strong note with three of four athletes advancing to the Main Draw.  Both Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON) and Jessica Guo (Toronto, ON) had perfect records in poules, winning all six of their bouts and advanced directly to the 64’s, bypassing the elimination rounds.  Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON) won five of six of her poule bouts, giving her a bye in the first elimination round.  She then faced Andrea Bimova of the Czech Republic and won 15-7 to earn her spot in the top 64’s.  Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB) had three wins and two losses in poules but unfortunately lost in the second round of elimination to Dora Lupkovics 15-9.

Canada’s men’s epee athletes were also in action today.  Marc-Antoine Blais-Belanger (Montreal, QC) was Canada’s only male epee athlete to advance.  Blais-Belanger finished with a record of four wins and two losses in poules and went on to defeat Richard Schmidt of Germany 15-13 and Mohsen Mahmoud of Egypt 15-9 to advance to Friday’s Main Draw.  Ottawa’s John Wright had a record of five wins and one loss after poules, won his first elimination bout 15-12, but then lost his final elimination bout to Chile’s Pablo Nunez a close 15-14.  Max Brinck-Croteau (Gatineau, QC) and Seraphim Hsieh Jarov (Surrey, BC) also failed to advance.

Canada’s men’s foil and women’s sabre athletes take the stage tomorrow for the last preliminary rounds of the Individual competition.  Canada has qualified nine athletes so far to the top 64’s and hopes to add to the total following tomorrow’s competition. All results can be found at: https://2019budapestfencing.com/

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Canada’s Senior Women’s Epee and Senior men’s Sabre athletes were in action on day one of the 2019 Fencing World Championships in Budapest. Of the eight participating fencers, five have advanced to the main draw of top 64’s scheduled for Thursday, July 18th.

The event started with the women’s individual epee competition which included over 145 of the world’s best fencers.  Canada’s Leonora Mackinnon (Newbury, UK), and Malinka Hoppe Montanaro (Montreal, QC) had a strong start in poules, both with four wins and two losses to advance to the elimination round.

Hoppe Montanaro defeated Olivija Masalo of Lithuania 15-11 and then won against higher seed Katrina Smith Taylor of the United Kingdom 15-7 to advance to the 64’s. Mackinnon faced Cynthia Roldan of Peru followed by Ekaterina Davidzon of Israel and won both bouts by a score of 15-11 to also make the 64’s. Alexanne Verret (Quebec, QC) and Kay Sze (Vancouver, BC) both lost in the elimination rounds.

Canada’s top Sabre athletes were also in action today with three fencers advancing to the top 64’s.  Shaul Gordon (Montreal, QC) had a strong start to the day, finishing with four wins and one loss in poules.  Joseph Polossifakis (Laval, QC) finished with four wins and two losses, while Fares Arfa had three wins and three losses in poules.

Polossifakis had a bye in the first elimination bout and then soundly defeated his competitor in the second round, defeating Mexican Gibran Zea 15-4 to advance to the top 64’s.  Gordon also had a bye and then defeated Oleksiy Statsenko from the Ukraine 15-13.  Arfa had two bouts in the elimination rounds, defeating Nazarbay Sattarkhan from Kazakhstan 15-9 and then Beka Bazadze from Georgia 15-13.  Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC) won his first elimination bout a close 15-14, but then lost to third seed Iulian Teodosiu 15-11.

The final rounds of the Women’s Epee and Men’s Sabre competitions continue Thursday, July 18th featuring Leonora Mackinnon and Malinka Hoppe Montanaro in the women’s epee competition, as well as Shaul Gordon, Joseph Polossifakis and Fares Arfa in the Men’s Sabre competition.

Canada’s top Women’s Foil and Men’s Epee athletes will begin their individual competition Tuesday.  For schedules, live streaming and live results, please visit: https://www.2019budapest.com/

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Canada’s top fencers will be competing at the 2019 Senior World Fencing Championships in Budapest, Hungary from July 15-23, 2019.  The 2019 World Championships are an important part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification process for fencing.  Canada recently hosted the Senior Pan American Fencing Championships in Toronto, an Olympic zone qualification event, and came away with a total of 10 medals.

Canada’s team in Budapest will consist of 27 of its top fencers from across Canada who have qualified and been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 Senior World Championships in Individual and/or team events:

Women’s Epee

Leonora Mackinnon (Newbury, UK) – Individual & Team

Malinka Hoppe Montanaro (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Alexanne Verret (Quebec, QC) – Individual & Team

Kay Sze (Vancouver, BC) – Individual

Ariane Leonard (St-Lambert, QC) – Team

Coach – Georges Karam (Paris, France)

Women’s Foil

Jessica Guo (Toronto, ON) – Individual & Team

Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON) – Individual & Team

Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB) – Individual & Team

Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON) – Individual & Team

Coaches – Paul ApSimon (Ottawa, ON), Yoann Lebrun (Toronto, ON), Mike Pederson (San Francisco, CA)

Women’s Sabre

Marissa Ponich (Edmonton, AB) – Individual & Team

Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC) – Individual & Team

Pamela Brind’amour (Ste-Martine, QC) – Individual & Team

Madison Thurgood (Edmonton, AB) – Individual & Team

Coach – Gilbert Gelinas (Blainville, QC)

Men’s Epee

Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

John Wright (Ottawa, ON) – Individual & Team

Maxime Brinck-Croteau (Markham, ON) – Individual

Seraphim Hsieh Jarov (Surrey, BC) – Individual & Team

Dylan French (Richmond, BC)- Team

Coach – Victor Gantsevich (Richmond, BC)

Men’s Foil

Maximilien Van Haaster (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Eli Schenkel (Los Angeles, CA) – Individual & Team

Blake Broszus (San Jose, CA) – Individual & Team

Misha Sweet (Winnipeg, MB) – Individual

Alex Cai (Brampton, ON) – Team

Coach – Julien Camus (Drummondville, QC)

Men’s Sabre

Shaul Gordon (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Joseph Polossifakis (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Fares Arfa (Laval, QC) – Individual & Team

Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC) – Individual & Team

Coach – Jean-Marie Banos (Montreal, QC)

Team Manager/High Performance Director – Benjamin Manano

Team Captain/Head of Delegation – Manuel Belmonte

Team Canada Medical – Nader Abdelkader & Tony Revitt

FIE Medical Commission Delegate – Lisa Huzel (Toronto, ON)

Referee – Pascal Cantin (Montreal, QC)

The full schedule and details can be found on the event website at: https://www.2019budapest.com/

The event will also feature live results and streaming, with links accessed through the event website or through the FIE’s webpage at https://fie.org/.

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The Canadian Fencing Federation is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Huzel has been selected as one of two medical delegates for fencing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In 2002, Dr. Huzel co-founded the Canadian Fencing Academy in Oakville, Ontario.  Since then, she has been active in the Canadian fencing community both through sponsoring athletes and as an athlete herself.  She has competed in both Senior and Veteran Fencing competitions including representing Canada at Commonwealth Fencing Championships and at the Veteran World Fencing Championships.

In 2016, Dr. Huzel was elected to the Medical Commission of the FIE.  She has acted as Medical Delegate at several Senior Pan American Zonal Fencing Championships as well as at several Senior World Fencing Championships.

The CFF congratulates Dr. Huzel on this well deserved appointment.

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The 2019 Senior Pan American Championships in Toronto have come to an end and Canada added three more medals in Team Competition to bring its total tally to ten.

Canada’s Men’s Foil Team of Maximilien Van Haaster (Montreal, QC), Eli Schenkel (Canadian living in the US), Misha Sweet (Winnipeg, MB) and Blake Broszus (Canadian living in the US) defeated Puerto Rico 45-28 in the quarter-finals to advance to the semi-finals where they faced Team Brazil.  In the run to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Canada and Brazil were tied in points for the Americas spot at the Games.  The tie-breaker was the Pan American Championships from 2015 where Canada finished just behind Brazil.  The importance of this match was not lost on the Canadians and they came out strong, winning the closely contested bout by a score of 45-41 to advance to the finals. Canada then fenced the world number one ranked USA in the finals and lost 45-27 to take home silver.

Canada’s Women’s Sabre Team also took home silver.  The team of Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC), Pamela Brind’Amour (Montreal, QC), Marissa Ponich (Edmonton, AB) and Madison Thurgood (Edmonton, AB) defeated Mexico in the quarter-finals by a score of 45-25 to advance to the semi-finals against Colombia. Canada came out on top by a score of 45-29 to advance to the Finals.  Canada then faced team USA and kept the score close until the end when USA pulled ahead to take the win by a score of 45-37. Canada added another silver medal to its total tally.

Canada’s women’s epee team of Leonora MacKinnon (Newbury, UK), Malinka Hoppe Montanaro (Montreal, QC), Arianne Leonard (St-Lambert, QC) and Emma Von Dadelszen (Vancouver, BC) solidly defeated Mexico in the quarter-finals by a score of 45-21.  They then faced Brazil in the semi-finals and lost 45-38 to advance to the bronze medal final.  Canada fenced team Argentina and battled hard to come out on top by a score of 45-40, to take home bronze.

Canada surpassed its total medal tally from 2018 in this important zonal qualifier for Tokyo, taking home one silver and four bronze medals in individual competition, and four silver and one bronze in team competition, for a grand total of 10 medals.

Team Canada soon heads to Budapest for the 2019 Senior World Fencing Championships, taking place from July 15 to 23, another important event on the road to qualification for Tokyo 2020.

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On the first day of team competition at the 2019 Senior Pan American Fencing Championships in
Toronto, Canada added two silver medals to bring its total medal tally to 7 with two days left of
competition.
Canada’s women’s foil team of Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB), Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON), Jessica Guo
(Toronto, ON) and Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON) defeated Mexico 45-31 in the quarter-finals. Canada then
fenced Brazil in the semi-finals and won by a commanding 45-18 to advance to the finals. There they
faced the USA, currently ranked third in the world. It was a hard fought battle, but the Americans came
out on top, in the end, winning 45-42 to give Canada a silver medal.
Canada’s men’s sabre team of Shaul Gordon (Montreal, QC), Joseph Polossifakis (Laval, QC), Fares Arfa
(Laval, QC) and Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC) had a strong start to their day, defeating Mexico in the
quarter-finals by a score of 45-25. The team then fenced Colombia in the semi-finals and won 45-29.
This put them in the final against the USA, currently ranked 8 th in the world. Canada stayed within range
until the end when the USA pulled ahead to win 45-37. Canada took home its second silver medal of the
day.
Team competition continues today with Men’s Foil and Women’s Epee in action at the Delta Airport
Hotel & Conference Centre. Competition wraps up July 2 nd with the final day of team competition
featuring men’s epee and women’s sabre. Admission is free. Live results can be found at:
http://www.fencing.ca/results/2019_pan_am_toronto/ . For live streaming and photos, please visit
CFF’s Facebook Page.
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Individual Competition has come to an end at the 2019 Senior Pan American Fencing Championships in Toronto, Ontario and Canada added another medal to its tally for a total of five medals.  The zone championship is an important event in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification process.

Canada’s Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC) completed a great day of competition to finish with a bronze medal.  Page had a perfect five wins and zero losses in poules and was seeded second overall going into the elimination round, earning a bye to the top 16’s.  There she faced Natalia Botello from Mexico, gold medalist at the 2017 Junior World Championships. Page came away with the win by a score of 15-9. In the quarter-finals, Page defeated Valentin from the Dominican Republic a resounding 15-5 to a earn a place in the medal rounds.

Page faced USA’s Mariel Zagunis in the semi-finals, gold medalist at two Olympic Games with multiple World Championship and World Cup medals and who is making her return to fencing following a maternity leave.  It was a very close bout with the lead seesawing between both athletes, but in the end Zagunis won 15-13 to give Gabriella Page a bronze medal.

Canada finishes the Individual competition with a total of five medals, including one silver and four bronze:

Jessica Guo (Toronto, ON), 2nd, Women’s Foil

Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON), 3rd, Women’s Foil

Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON), 3rd, Women’s Foil

Joseph Polossifakis (Laval, QC), 3rd, Men’s Sabre

Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC), 3rd, Women’s Sabre 

Other top 16 results from individual competition include: 

Shaul Gordon (Richmond, BC), 5th place, Men’s Sabre

Fares Arfa (Laval, QC), 6th place, Men’s Sabre

Blake Broszus (Canadian living in US), 6th place, Men’s Foil

Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC), 7th place, Men’s Sabre

Madison Thurgood (Edmonton, AB), 9th place, Women’s Sabre

Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB), 11th, Women’s Foil

Leonora Mackinnon (Canadian living in the UK), 11th, Women’s Epee

Maxime Brinck-Croteau (Toronto, ON), 12th place, Men’s Epee

Eli Schenkel (Canadian living in US), 13th place, Men’s Foil

Kay Sze (Vancouver, BC), 15th, Women’s Epee

Team competition is underway today through July 2nd with Women’s Foil and Men’s Sabre in action today at the Delta Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre. 

Live results can be found at: http://www.fencing.ca/results/2019_pan_am_toronto/ . For live streaming and photos, please visit CFF’s Facebook Page.

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Canada Wins Four Medals on Day One of the 2019 Senior Pan American Fencing Championships

Twenty-seven countries from the Americas are in Toronto this week for the 2019 Senior Pan American Fencing Championships, an important zone qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Canada came out strong on day one of competition with seven of eight athletes advancing to the quarter-finals.  Canada’s Women’s Foil Team had three athletes in the semi-finals. Jessica Guo (Toronto, ON) came away with a silver medal after losing in overtime to USA’s Nicole Ross by a score of 11-10 in the final.  Guo defeated fellow Canadian Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON) 15-10 in the semi-finals which gave Ryan a bronze medal.  Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON) lost her semi-final bout in overtime against USA’s Nicole Ross by a score of 6-5 to finish with Canada’s second bronze medal. Canada won three of the four medals up for grabs in women’s foil to almost sweep the podium and Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB) finished 11th overall.

“I was very proud to see the whole team – athletes, coaches, and support team come out to perform in one of the most important events in the Olympic qualifying cycle,” said Paul ApSimon, Head Coach of Canada’s Women’s Foil Program from Ottawa, ON. “Yesterday was a great indicator that the program is heading in the right direction and we look forward to continuing this progress through to a successful run at the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Canada’s Men’s Sabre athletes were also in action yesterday with all four athletes advancing to the quarter-finals. 2016 Olympian Joseph Polossifakis (Laval, QC) made it to the podium for Canada.  Polossifakis defeated teammate Shaul Gordon (Montreal, QC) 15-10 in the quarter-finals to advance to the semi-finals against USA’s Eli Dershwitz, ranked number one in the world in men’s sabre.  Polossifakis battled hard but lost 15-10 to take home a bronze medal for Canada. Shaul Gordon, Fares Arfa (Laval Quebec) and Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC) finished 5th, 6th and 7th overall. 

Competition continues today with Men’s Foil and Women’s Epee in action.  Spectators are welcome and entry is free. The full schedule and details can be found on the CFF website at: http://fencing.ca/event/2019-senior-pan-american-championships/  The event will also feature live results and streaming, with links posted on the website and photos on the CFF Facebook page.  

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The Canadian Fencing Federation is pleased to announce that Toronto will be host to the 2019 Senior Pan American Fencing Championships, scheduled to take place June 27 – July 2 at the Delta Hotel Toronto Airport and Conference Centre.

Top Fencers from 25 countries in the Americas will be in Toronto to attend these important zone Championships that earn valuable points as part of fencing’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification process.  Taking part in this event are some of the top ranked fencers in the world, including number one ranked sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz and Men’s Foil number two ranked fencer Race Imboden, both from the USA. Canada’s Women’s Foil team is currently ranked seventh in the world.

Spectators are welcome and entry is free. The full schedule and details can be found on the CFF website at: http://fencing.ca/event/2019-senior-pan-american-championships/

The event will also feature live results and streaming, with links posted on the website and photos on the CFF Facebook page.  

Canada’s team will consist of 29 of its top fencers from across Canada. Canada is pleased to announce that the following athletes have qualified and been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 Senior Pan American Championships:

Women’s Epee

Leonora Mackinnon (Newbury, UK) – Individual & Team

Malinka Hoppe Montanaro (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Alexanne Verret (Quebec, QC) – Individual

Kay Sze (Vancouver, BC) – Individual

Ariane Leonard (St-Lambert, QC) – Team

Emma Von Dadelszen (Vancouver, BC) – Team

Women’s Foil

Jessica Guo (Toronto, ON) – Individual & Team

Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON) – Individual & Team

Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB) – Individual & Team

Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON) – Individual & Team

Women’s Sabre

Marissa Ponich (Edmonton, AB) – Individual & Team

Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC) – Individual & Team

Pamela Brind’amour (Ste-Martine, QC) – Individual & Team

Madison Thurgood (Edmonton, AB) – Individual & Team

Men’s Epee

Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

John Wright (Ottawa, ON) – Individual & Team

Maxime Brinck-Croteau (Markham, ON) – Individual

Seraphim Hsieh Jarov (Surrey, BC) – Individual & Team

Dylan French (Richmond, BC)- Team

Men’s Foil

Maximilien Van Haaster (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Eli Schenkel (Los Angeles, CA) – Individual & Team

Blake Broszus (San Jose, CA) – Individual & Team

Misha Sweet (Winnipeg, MB) – Individual

Alex Cai (Brampton, ON) – Team

Men’s Sabre

Shaul Gordon (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Joseph Polossifakis (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Fares Arfa (Laval, QC) – Individual & Team

Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC) – Individual

Francois Cauchon (Montreal, QC) – Team

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Media are welcome. For additional information, please contact Caroline Sharp, CFF Executive Director,  ed@fencing.ca, 613-323-5605

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