Weekend Recap, Jan. 12 – Strong Start in 2016 for Canadian Fencers
Canadian Fencing Federation – Canadian fencers were in action all over the world this past weekend. In the important Olympic Qualification run, Men’s Sabre athlete Joseph Polossifakis (Laval, QC) continues to stretch his lead in the zone with another medal performance at a Satellite tournament. Polossifakis earned silver at the FIE Satellite event in Istanbul, Turkey, losing a close 15-13 in the final.
Women’s Sabre athlete Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC), also competed in Istanbul in the FIE Women’s Satellite tournament and finished with a bronze medal, earning important Olympic qualification points.
Meredith Giroux (Edmonton, AB) also had a good tournament, finishing 6th in the same event. Meanwhile, in the Men’s Epee Satellite tournament in Stockholm, Jean Lelion (Montreal, QC) finished 10th.
Many of Canada’s top up-and-coming fencers were in St. Louis, Missouri for the North American Cup (NAC) from January 8-11, 2016. The event featured Senior Division 1 and Junior competition in all weapons. Canada came away with three silver medals and eight other top 16 finishes.
Following is a summary of the top performers:
Division 1 Men’s Epee (286 competitors) – Marc-Antoine Blais-Belanger (Montreal, QC) – Silver
Junior Women’s Epee (130 competitors) – Alexanne Verret (Quebec, QC) – Silver
Junior Men’s Foil (173 competitors) – Daniel Gu (Edmonton, AB) – Silver
Division 1 Women’s Epee (175 competitors) – Malinka Hoppe Montanaro (Montreal, QC) – 6th
Junior Men’s Epee (201 competitors) – Dylan French (Richmond, BC) – 9th
Division 1 Men’s Epee (286 competitors) – Pascal Heidecker (Gatineau, QC) – 12th
Division 1 Women’s Epee (175 competitors) – Cindy Gao (Toronto, ON) – 12th
Junior Women’s Foil (132 competitors) – Ariane Bilodeau (Outremont, QC) – 12th
Division 1 Women’s Sabre (118 competitors) – Alison Doyle (Canadian living in US) – 13th
Junior Men’s Sabre (150 competitors) – David Brown (Canadian living in US) – 14th
Division 1 Women’s Epee (175 competitors) – Alexanne Verret (Quebec, QC) – 16th
Congratulations to all!