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Canadian Fencing Federation – GATINEAU – Over 500 of the best athletes fencing athletes from across Canada will be on hand at the Complexe Branchaud-Brière beginning Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 as part of Fencing Week in Canada festivities.

2016 Rio Olympians will be setting the bar high as they challenge fellow Canadians for top spot on the podium. Competing this weekend will be Maxime Brinck-Croteau (Gatineau, QC) opening competition beginning on Friday at 8:00. Also on hand will be Leonora Mackinnon, who will be bringing her Olympic prowess to the Senior Women’s Epee competition on Saturday, beginning at 8:00. Rounding out this high calibre weekend will be Joseph Polossifakis (Montreal, QC), competing in Senior Men’s Sabre beginning at 11:15 on Sunday.

Other Gatineau and area residents that will be taking to the piste include Philippe Heidecker will also be fencing Senior Men’s Epee on Friday. Joining Philip in this category will be his brother Pascal Heidecker, who will also be competing the University category on Saturday, beginning at 8:00. Vanessa Lacas-Warrick, from Chelsea (Quebec), will compete in Senior Women’s Epee Friday, November 27th beginning at 8:00. 

Media are invited to capture photo, video and interview some of Canada’s top fencing athletes. Limited opportunities are available to media wishing to try the sport first-hand.

  • What: 2017 Canadian Fencing Champions – U15, Cadet, Junior, Senior, University, Veterans
  • When: Friday, April 21, 2017 – Sunday, April 23, 2017, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm daily, entry is free
  • Who: Canada’s top fencing athletes, including 389 from Ontario and Quebec.
  • Where: Complexe Branchaud-Brière – 499, boulevard Labrosse suite 100, Gatineau, Québec, Canada, J8P 4R1

The Canadian Fencing Federation would like to thank the City of Gatineau for their tremendous support of the 2017 Canadian Fencing Championships, as well as Masque de Fer Fencing Club who have proudly brought the sport of fencing to residents of the Gatineau/Ottawa area for 20 years.

Fencing is a sport that challenges both body and mind through an effective blend of patience and determination, discipline and competitiveness.

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Media contacts:

Cheryl Tataryn


Cell: 613-859-3433

Caroline Sharp, Executive Director, CFF


Cell: 613-323-5605