2017 BC Senior Provincial Championships – In Review (Day 1)

June 24th and 25th marked the 2017 BC Senior Provincial Championships: A weekend full of thrilling bouts and passionate fencing.

With fencers from 18 different clubs from all over BC and the west coast of the United States, the level of competition was sure to be high. Individuals competing out of Dynamo, Tri-City Fencing Academy, Meadowridge Fencing Club, Washington Fencing Academy, Metro Tacoma Fencing Club, Capital City Fencers Club, La Salle Fencing Club, North Vancouver Fencing Club, Okanagan Freestyle Fencing, Vernon Fencing Club, Delta Fencing Club, Musketeers Fencing Society, University of Victory Fencing Club, Victoria Fencing Club, UBC, Bellingham Bay Fencing Association, Salle Auriol Seattle, and Rain City Fencing Club all contributed to this weekend’s excitement. Such a large turnout has made this year’s senior provincials even more successful than the youth provincials earlier in the month.

Day 1 of the competition was a fully-packed day, which included events such as: Cadet Mixed Epee, Cadet Mixed Foil, Cadet Mixed Sabre, Junior Mixed Foil, Junior Mixed Sabre, Senior Mixed Epee, and Veteran Mixed Epee.

The day began with Senior Mixed Epee at 8:00am. With a total of 35 men and women within this first event, this was the largest event of the weekend and thus a fantastic start to the competition. After a long couple of hours of fencing through poules and the DE’s to follow, the top 4 finalists included Isaac Velestuk (DYN), Farooq Habib (DYN), Caleb McIntosh (VFC), and Dylan French (DYN). Accepting the bronze medals were Isaac Velestuk (DYN) and Caleb McIntosh (VFC), both fighting well for their chances to make it to the final. The final took place between Dylan French (DYN) and Farooq Habib (DYN), concluding with a score of 15-9 for French.

Next up was the Junior Mixed Sabre event. The 6-person event included competitors from both Dynamo Fencing Club and Tri-City Fencing Association. The top 8 DE’s resulted in a guaranteed Dynamo sweep into the top 4 round. The bronze medals were taken home by Clement Cheung (DYN) and Alex Lin (DYN). The gold medal round was fenced between Oscar Zhao (DYN) and Alex Sun (DYN), with a 15-9 win for Zhao.

With the first two events of the competition completed, the next group of fencers were eager to begin their own. At 12:00pm, multiple events were scheduled to begin, including: Cadet Mixed Foil, Cadet Mixed Sabre, Cadet Mixed Epee, and Veteran Mixed Epee.

Cadet Mixed Foil was comprised of 11 fencers from Tri-City Fencing Academy, La Salle Fencing Club, Dynamo Fencing Club, North Vancouver Fencing Club, and Meadowridge Fencing Club. Teammates Michelle Wang (TFA) and Sabrina Fang (TFA) received equal bronze medals, thus resulting in another final between Lucas Sings (DYN) and Adam Wong (DYN). The hard-fought bout closed with a 15-9 win for Sings over Wong.

Cadet Mixed Sabre ran alongside the foil event with 7 fencers. Nathan Go (MDR) AND Thomas Greenwood (TFA) were presented with the bronze medals after two well-fought DE’s. The final bout between two Dynamo fencers resulted in a 15-10 victory for Alex Sun against Alex Lin.

Cadet Mixed Epee was the third biggest event of the weekend with 16 competitors. Many nail-biting bouts were displayed all the way through to the final between Dylan Gibson (DYN) and David Guo (DYN). Gibson took home the gold medal with a 15-14 win over Guo. The bronze medals were awarded to Kent-masakazu Kotaka (DYN) and Zhi Yin Zhang (TFA).

During the Veteran Mixed Epee event we saw seasoned fencers from a plethora of clubs, including: Dynamo Fencing Club, Okanagan Freestyle Fencing, Delta Fencing Club, La Salle Fencing Club, Vernon Fencing Club, Musketeers Fencing Society, Salle Auriol Seattle, and Rain City Fencing Club. The bronze medals were equally earned by Bob Noble (DYN) and Brendan Robertson (VER). The gold medal bout between Bela Suveg (DYN) and Andrew Schulz (MFS) ended with a 10-1 victory for Suveg.

To conclude the 2017 BC Senior Provincials, the Junior Mixed Foil event began. With only 5 competitors in this final event, it was a quick finish to the long day of competition. After the first round of DEs, the bronze medals were set in place for Leon Yao (UBC) and Julian Zhu (La Salle). To conclude the first day of provincials, the final gold medal bout between Lucas Sings (DYN) and Sabrina Fang (TFA) resulted in a 15-9 victory for Sings.

For full results from Day 1 of the 2017 BC Senior Provincial Championships, please visit: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=36773&highlight_competitor_id=&event_id=145534