Canadian fencing team nominated for Rio 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Fencing Team

On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Fencing Federation (CFF) named the five athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in fencing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

The five athletes selected include: Maxime Brinck-Croteau (men’s épée), Eleanor Harvey (women’s foil), Leonora Mackinnon (women’s épée), Joseph Polossifakis (men’s sabre) and Maximilien Van Haaster (men’s foil). The athletes are coached by Paul ApSimon (women’s foil), David Howes (women’s épée), Benjamin Manano (men’s sabre) and Henri Sassine (men’s foil).

The athletes earned their spots directly through the International Fencing Federation’s individual Olympic qualification process, which took into account points earned at World Championships, zonal Championships, Grand Prix events, World Cups and Satellite tournaments from April 3, 2015 to April 4, 2016. All five of the qualified athletes earned one of the top-two Pan American zone berths in their respective disciplines at the end of the qualification period.

The Olympic fencing competition will take place at the Carioca Arena 3, August 6-14, with Canada’s five qualified athletes competing in the following individual events: women’s épée, men’s foil, men’s épée, women’s foil and men’s sabre.

At Rio 2016, Canada will field a team of more than 315 athletes.

The Canadian Fencing Federation (CFF) is the sport governing body for fencing in Canada and its vision is to ignite passion for fencing by enabling best performances by all members at all levels.

The fencing team which will represent Canada at the Rio 2016 includes:

Athletes:
Maxime Brinck-Croteau, Gatineau, QC - Men’s Individual Épée
Eleanor Harvey, Hamilton, ON - Women’s Individual Foil
Leonora    Mackinnon, Newbury, England - Women’s Individual Épée
Joseph Polossifakis, Montreal, QC - Men’s Individual Sabre
Maximilien Van Haaster, Montreal, QC - Men’s Individual Foil

Coaches:
Women’s Foil National Coach - Paul ApSimon, Ottawa, ON
Women’s Épée National Coach - David Howes, Kingston, ON

Men’s Sabre National Coach - Benjamin Manano, Montreal, QC
Men’s Foil Coach - Henri Sassine, Montreal, QC

Prior to being named to the final Canadian Rio 2016 Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations.

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | Olympic.ca

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