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Canadian Fencing Federation – Canada finished strong at the 2019 Junior/Cadet Pan American Fencing Championship by bringing home a total of 16 medals and four titles, which is five medals more than the 2018 Pan American Championships.

Canada competed in Men’s Epee, Women’s Epee and Men’s Sabre in the last three days of the competition.  Ted Vinnitchouk (TFC, Ontario) brought home gold in Men’s Junior Epee.  He defeated Leandro Sauri (MEX) 15-8 in the semifinals and then went up against Alexander Camargo (BRA) 15-14 to win gold in an exciting final. Fynn Fafard (DYN, British Columbia) finished 16th overall in the same competition.

Continuing to medal for Canada was Ariane Leonard who took home bronze in Junior Women’s Epée. After defeating Rosario Del Rio Diaz (CHI) 15-12 to advance to the semifinals, Leonard then lost against Danierys Maya (VEN) 15-14 in the final to earn silver. Also placing in Junior Women’s Epée was Shirley Guo who placed 9th and Christina Zozulya who finished 10th overall.

Taking home silver in Junior Women’s Epée Team was Tamara Booy (FAOC, Alberta), Shirley Guo (VGO, Ontario), Ariane Leonard (OM-, Québec), and Christina Zozulya (DYN, British Columbia). The Canadian team defeated Brazil 45-39 to advance to the semifinals, where they defeated Chile 41-35.  Canada then lost in the finals 45-33 against the USA to win silver.

Another team who took home silver was the Junior Men’s Sabre Team of François Cauchon (BRE, Québec), Angelo Chiara (BRE, Québec), Nicholas Dinu (MEC, Quebec), and Andrew Wei (BRE, Québec). The team defeated Puerto Rico in the semifinals 45-25 to advance to the finals, where they lost a close 45-40 to the USA to finish second. Canada’s Junior Men’s Epée Team of Nathan Brunet (OM-, Québec), Fynn Fafard, Seraphim Hsieh Jarov (DYN, British Columbia), and Ted Vinnitchouk placed 5th overall.

In Junior Individual Men’s Sabre action, Francois Cauchon defeated Hender Madina (VEN) 15-8 to advance to the semifinals, where Cauchon lost against eventual gold medalist Kamar Sweete (USA) 15-11 to win bronze. Also placing top 16 In Junior Men’s Sabre was Angelo Chiara who finished 7th, Nicholas Dinu who was 9th, and Andrew Wei who finished 16th overall.

Nicholas Dinu won gold for Canada in Cadet Men’s Sabre. Dinu defeated David Echartea (MEX) 15-9 to advance to the semifinals.  He then went on to defeat Matheus Becker (BRA) 15-8 to advance to the finals, where Dinu defeated Fabio Salles (BRA) by the score of 15-12 to win gold. Also medaling in Cadet Men’s Sabre was Brendan He (AXF, Ontario) who defeated fellow Canadian, Shae McFadden (MGB, Manitoba), 15-11 to advance to the semifinals.  He then lost a close match against Fabio Salles (BRA) to take home bronze. Also finishing top 16 was Thomas Greenwood (AFC, British Columbia) who finished 7th and Shae McFadden was 8th overall.

Christina Zozulya brought home silver in Cadet Women’s Epée after she defeated fellow Canadian, Shirley Guo, 15-13 to move onto the finals.  Zozulya lost in the finals against Greta Candreva (USA) 15-8 to finish second. Placing right behind Zozulya was Shirley Guo.  Guo defeated Audrey Taylor (USA) 15-11 to move onto the semifinals, where she lost a close match to Zozulya to earn bronze. Also placing top 16 was Grace Xu (VGO, Ontario) in 12th and Grace Hu (VGO, Ontario) who finished 13th overall.

Placing 6th overall was Nathan Brunet in Cadet Men’s Epée, along with Jason Man Kit Li (TFC, Ontario) who was 15th overall.

Following is a summary of all medalists and top 16 fencers for Canada:

Place/Medal

Name

Club

Province

Category

1st

Jessica Zi Jia Guo

HHF

Ontario

Junior Women’s Foil

1st

Jessica Zi Jia Guo

HHF

Ontario

Cadet Women’s Foil

1st

Ted Vinnitchouk

TFC

Ontario

Junior Men’s Epee

1st

Nicholas Dinu

MEC

Quebec

Cadet Men’s Saber

2nd

Jessica Zi Jia Guo

HHF

Ontario

Junior Women’s Foil Team

2nd

Xiangxin He

HHF

Ontario

Junior Women’s Foil Team

2nd

Annie Lin

TFC

Ontario

Junior Women’s Foil Team

2nd

Catherine Wu

HHF

Ontario

Junior Women’s Foil Team

2nd

François Cauchon

BRE

Québec

Junior Men’s Sabre Team

2nd

Angelo Chiara

BRE

Québec

Junior Men’s Sabre Team

2nd

Nicholas Dinu

MEC

Quebec

Junior Men’s Sabre Team

2nd

Andrew Wei

BRE

Québec

Junior Men’s Sabre Team

2nd

Tamara Booy

FAOC

Alberta

Junior Women’s Epee Team

2nd

Shirley Guo

VGO

Ontario

Junior Women’s Epee Team

2nd

Ariane Leonard

OM

Quebec

Junior Women’s Epee Team

2nd

Christina Zozulya

DYN

British Columbia

Junior Women’s Epee Team

2nd

Christina Zozulya

DYN

British Columbia

Cadet Women’s Epee

3rd

Blake Brozus

OM

Québec

Junior Men’s Foil

3rd

Niklas Holland

N/A

USA

Junior Men’s Foil Team

3rd

Brian Li

YRK

Ontario

Junior Men’s Foil Team

3rd

Patrick Liu

OTT

Ontario

Junior Men’s Foil Team

3rd

Simon Poon

TFC

Ontario

Junior Men’s Foil Team

3rd

Niklas Holland

N/A

USA

Cadet Men’s Foil

3rd

Annie Lin

TFC

Ontario

Cadet Women’s Foil

3rd

François Cauchon

BRE

Québec

Junior Men’s Sabre

3rd

Ariane Leonard

OM

Québec

Junior Women’s Epee

3rd

Brendan He

AXF

Ontario

Cadet Men’s Saber

3rd

Shirley Guo

VGO

Ontario

Cadet Women’s Epee

4th

Jane Chen

BRE

Québec

Junior Women’s Saber Team

4th

Laurie-Ann Lamothe

SPA

Québec

Junior Women’s Saber Team

4th

Jia Qi Wu

BRE

Québec

Junior Women’s Saber Team

4th

Catherine Wu

HHF

Ontario

Junior Women’s Saber Team

5th

Brian Li

YRK

Ontario

Junior Men’s Foil

5th

Jane Chen

BRE

Québec

Cadet Women’s Sabre

5th

Nathan Brunet

OM

Québec

Junior Men’s Epee Team

5th

Fynn Fafard

DYN

British Columbia

Junior Men’s Epee Team

5th

Seraphim Jarov Hsieh

DYN

British Columbia

Junior Men’s Epee Team

5th

Ted Vinnitchouk

TFC

Ontario

Junior Men’s Epee Team

6th

Patrick Liu

OTT

Ontario

Cadet Men’s Foil

6th

Catherine Wu

HHF

Ontario

Cadet Women’s Foil

6th

Nathan Brunet

OM

Québec

Cadet Men’s Epee

7th

Angelo Chiara

BRE

Québec

Junior Men’s Sabre

7th

Thomas Greenwood

AFC

British Columbia

Cadet Men’s Sabre

8th

Niklas Holland

N/A

USA

Junior Men’s Foil

8th

Darren Dong

NYF

Ontario

Cadet Men’s Foil

8th

Shae McFadden

MGB

Manitoba

Cadet Men’s Saber

9th

Nicholas Dinu

MEC

Quebec

Junior Men’s Saber

9th

Shirley Guo

VGO

Ontario

Junior Women’s Epee

10th

Christina Zozulya

DYN

British Columbia

Junior Women’s Epee

12th

Simon Poon

TFC

Ontario

Cadet Men’s Foil

12th

Xiangxin He

HHF

Ontario

Cadet Men’s Foil

12th

Grace Xu

VGO

Ontario

Cadet Women’s Epee

13th

Judy Zhang

AXF

Ontario

Cadet Women’s Sabre

13th

Grace Hu

VGO

Ontario

Cadet Women’s Epee

14th

Laurie-Ann Lamothe

SPA

Québec

Cadet Women’s Sabre

15th

Patrick Liu

OTT

Ontario

Junior Men’s Foil

15th

Laurie-Ann Lamothe

SPA

Québec

Junior Women’s Sabre

15th

Jason Man Kit Li

TFC

Ontario

Cadet Men’s Epee

16th

Jia Qi Wu

BRE

Québec

Junior Women’s Sabre

16th

Fynn Fafard

DYN

British Columbia

Junior Men’s Epee

16th

Andrew Wei

BRE

Québec

Junior Men’s Sabre

 

Congratulations to all fencers who participated in the 2019 Junior/Cadet Pan American Championships!