Bringing International Titles Back to BC!

It’s only a few weeks into 2018, but our BC athletes have already brought home incredible results to the province. So far our team has travelled to Virginia Beach for the first NAC of the year, and to Bratislava, Slovakia for the Cadet European Circuit. Keep reading for results and a full run-down of the euro circuit!

The first 2018 NAC took place over the January 5th-8th weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A big congratulations to Howard Zhao on another fantastic NAC result! More great NAC results are as follows:

Howard Zhao – 5th Junior Men’s Epee

Seraphim Jarov – 13th Junior Men’s Epee

Dylan French – 17th Div 1 Men’s Epee

Emma VonDadelszen – 11th Div 1 Women’s Epee

 

This past weekend (January 12th-14th) BC sent 5 athletes to Bratislava, Slovakia for a Cadet European Circuit. The competition consisted of both men’s and women’s epee individual and team events, as well as men’s foil individual and team events. Friday morning was kicked off bright and early with the Women’s Epee event. Nicole Su 3-3 in her poule, while Christina Zozulya came out of the first round undefeated. Going into the direct elimination round of 256, Christina was seeded 8th, thus snagging her a BYE into the round of 128. Nicole was ranked 112th, which placed her up against Hungarian fencer Evelin Tantmann. Nicole advanced into the round of 128 alongside Zozulya with a 15-13 win over Tantmann. Christina’s first bout was against Mehtap Mira Akinci (TUR), where she came out with a 15-10 victory. Unfortunately Nicole wouldn’t be following her teammate into the round of 64 as she fell 15-7 to 17th seeded Anna Gzyunova (RUS), giving her a 108th place result. Christina was victorious once again in the round of 64 with a 15-8 win over Claudia Durau (ROU), but the next bout would set her up against a familiar face. Christina’s next opponent was Canadian teammate Arianne Leonard, and the two have fenced before in national competitions, but this was a whole new setting. Despite the adrenaline-high international competition, Christina pulled through with a 15-12 win over her teammate, which sent her into the round of 16. Another win against Anna Liakhova (RUS) placed her into the 8’s against Eszter Muhari (HUN). With energy high and the medal rounds within sight, Christina beat the Hungarian 15-11. Onto the semi-finals, but this would show to be the most difficult, palm-sweating, heart-wrenching bout of the day. Christina would have to beat 12th seeded Belgian fencer Lili Buki in order to try for the European Circuit title. The bout was shifting in favour of our BC athlete, as she was leading by a couple of points towards the end of the match. However, 14-12 was the turning point for the bout, and Christina began to lose her lead as a result of some strong reposts from her opponent. The match concluded with a final score of 14-15 for Buki, (who went forth to win the European Circuit title), which handed Christina the bronze medal alongside Iana Bekmurzova (RUS). Christina was coached by Victor Gantsevich, and this was a fantastic result for both of them as well as Igor Gantesvich (another large contributor to Christina’s training and success), Dynamo Fencing Club, and the entirety of the BCFA community. Such a result shows what is possible through sheer dedication, perserverance, and passion. Congratulations Christina!

The second day of competition saw individual men’s epee and women’s team events. We had another two athletes in the men’s individual competition – Seraphim Jarov and Howard Zhao. Both boys had just come from achieving great results in Virginia Beach, and were ready to put on a good performance. They started the day off strong with Seraphim going 5-1 in his poule, and Howard finishing undefeated. Into the direct elimination rounds, Howard was seeded 2nd and Seraphim was 29th, which stood them both in good stead for the bouts to come. The impressive poule results of the two offered them both BYE’s into the round of 128. Howard’s first bout was fenced against Evgeni Minchev (BUL), who he handily beat 15-12. Seraphim also had a fabulous first showing against Bartosz Kitlinski (POL), with a 15-8 victory. However, the round of 64 faced Seraphim against a Canadian teammate, just like Christina. Seraphim fenced Victor Ji, who was seeded 34th after poules, but he didn’t let their acquaintance shake him, and he pulled out another big 15-9. Howard’s second bout was against Mikalai Zdanchuk (BLR), who he beat 15-11, and sent him forward into the round of 32. Despite the boys’ fantastic performance throughout the day, they both concluded their events in the 32’s after losing a equally close bouts. Seraphim fell 12-11 bout to Atrur Tolasov (RUS), while Howard lost an intense 15-14 bout against Alexander Biro (AUT). At the end of the day, Howard finished 17th and Seraphim finished 21st – still, fantastic results for an international competition with just shy of 300 competitors. Well done again boys!

The last day of competition saw our final BC athlete in the Men’s individual foil event. Lucas Sings would fence as the only BC athlete in the 171 person event, with the rest of his team cheering him on. Much like the rest of our team, Lucas started the day of very strong with a 5-1 poule result and a 35th place seed going into DE’s. Lucas’s first bout was against Daniel Gerziacak (CZE), who he handily beat with a final score of 15-5! Moving into the round of 128, and Lucas would be facing 30th ranked Lucas Lutar (USA) – same name, but who would prevail? Unfortunately our BC Lucas lost 15-5 to Gerziacak, but finished his event in a respectable 46th place. Good job, Lucas!

All of our athletes competed in their corresponding team events during the competition as well, however, the results weren’t as celebratory as in the individual competitions. In men’s foil, Canada 2, which featured Lucas Sing, came out with a 10th place result after losing their first match 45-23 to Hungary. However, in the first round of placements, Canada 2 beat Ukraine 2 45-25 with great contribution from Lucas. Unfortunately, the team lost in their second round of placement to Sweden 2, with a close score of 45-38. In the women’s event, our girls were split between the two Canadian teams, and represented BC well. However, Canada 1 and Canada 2 finished 25th and 26th out of the 39 teams that participate. To conclude the competition, the men’s epee team event took place. Seraphim fenced as a part of the Canada 2 team, who were seeded 33rd out of 43 teams at the beginning of the competition – the largest team event of the weekend. Seraphim shone alongside his teammates in their first bout against Germany 4, and anchored the team to a 45-34 victory. However, despite the stellar first match, the team struggled towards the end of their top 32 bout against Russia 1. The score was tied 14-14 in the third match, but Russia began to pull ahead in match 4, and Canada was unable to regain control of the bout. The bout concluded with a 45-31 victory for Russia, which resulted in a 28th place finish for our team.

Christina Zozulya and Coach Victor Gantsevich – Cadet European Circuit Bratislava, Slovakia

 

 

 

Welcoming The New Season…

As many of you know, the summer months provide us with the perfect opportunity to train for hours on end with minimal distraction in sight. Training camps, early morning sessions, or even (very) late night sparring; depending on what your coach prefers. That being said, time truly does fly by, and September is slowly but surely creeping around the corner. Therefore, as the summer days draw to a close, the eager BC fencer must look towards this season’s upcoming competitions. Whether you’re new to the competition world and are just testing the waters, or you’re an oldie (but, a goodie, of course), AskFred.net is your best bet for finding great local competitions. If you’re thinking about travelling a bit further out for your tournament fix, there are plenty of competitions all over the US on the website for the picking as well. Additionally, the CFF (Canadian Fencing Federation) website has all the information you require if you’re planning on either trying out the occasional Canada Cup, or have aspirations towards qualifying for the 2017-2018 Canadian National Fencing Team. As well as competition information, the CFF website will also equip you with details regarding CFF license renewal/registration, HPP application procedures, and a variety of other Canadian fencing related documents for your own personal knowledge. Links for both of these resources with be posted below. Stay focused in the weeks to come, and welcome the new season with open arms, BC fencers!

CFF Website:  http://fencing.ca/

AskFred.net: https://askfred.net/?FREDSID=jsmauhuj5vcqjjd1kqdodd6nq7

 

 

2017 July Challenge/NAC (Salt Lake City, Utah)

The annual July Challenge (or Summer NAC) took place over 6 days from July 1st to 6th. This large competition took place alongside the US National Championships, which will continue along to the 10th. These 6 days saw many BC athletes from both Dynamo Fencing Club and La Salle. The competition concluded with some impressive results from our BC athletes, and below you may find some of the highlights from this year’s July Challenge courtesy of our hardworking team! Congratulations to everyone who competed, and go BC!

Cadet Men’s Epee – Howard Zhao – 5th and Seraphim Hsieh Jarov  – 17th

Cadet Women’s Epee – Christina Zozulya – 17th

Junior Men’s Epee – Seraphim Hsieh Jarov – 10th

Junior Women’s Epee – Christina Zozulya  – 21st

Div 1 Men’s Epee – Farooq Habib – 39th

Senior Team Men’s Epee – (Dylan French, Igor Gantsevich, Seraphim Hsieh Jarov, Howard Zhao) – 16th

For full competition results, visit: http://www.usfencing.org/2017champ-julychal

 

 

 

 

 

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

2017 BC Youth Provincial Championships – In Review (Day 2)

The second day of the BC Youth Provincial Championships started bright and early on Sunday morning (8:00am to be exact). With fencers warming up and volunteer referees at the ready, day 2 was in full swing with Y10 Men’s Foil, Y10 Women’s Foil, and Y12 Mixed Epee.

Y10 Men’s Foil brought together 11 boys to compete for their chance to bring home a gold medal. The bronze medals, however, were awarded to Ahmed Elbassiouny (CCFC) and Charlie Chen (DYN) after two hard fought bouts in the top 4. The gold medal match was between Adrian Wong (DYN) and Nicholas Zhang (DYN), resulting in a 10-5 win for Zhang, and a silver medal for Wong.

The Y12 Mixed Epee event ran simultaneously, and with 20 fencers competing for the title of Provincial Champion, this was the second largest event from the weekend. This event showcased fencers from a handful of different clubs from all over the province. The gold medal match was fenced between Sean Hulka (OFF) and Yao Rong (DYN), resulting in a final score of 15-10 for Rong, leaving Hulka with the silver medal. The bronze medals were well fought for and awarded to Brent Sean (OFF) and Christopher Vermeulen (OFF).

Initially listed as a mixed Y10 foil event, enough girls showed up and registered on Sunday morning to form the Y10 Women’s Foil event. So, with 8 competitors at the ready, the women’s event commenced alongside the Men’s foil event. Amy Xu (DYN) and Heather Zhang (DYN) finished their event with bronze medals, falling just short of the gold medal match. The final was fenced between teammates Alissa Pan (DYN) and Alyssa An (DYN), and with a 10-7 victory, Alyssa An took home the gold medal.

As the day continued, so did the action! Y10 Mixed Epee, Y14 Mixed Foil, and Y10 Mixed Sabre were yet to come.

Y10 Mixed Epee consisted of 6 fencers, each coming from a different club, including: Beverly Hills Fencers, Dynamo Fencing Club, Beairsto School, Vernon Fencing Club, Okanagan Freestyle Fencing, and Tri-City Fencing Academy. Blake Frost (BEA) and Liam King (VER) grasped the two bronze medals, whilst Anders Lee (DYN) and Imran Zakariyya Latif (BHFC) proceeded into the gold medal bout. The final bout resulted in a 10-7 win for Latif over Lee for the gold medal.

Y14 Mixed foil was a fantastic event to amp up the excitement, even as the competition was beginning to wrap up! With a good number of 13 fencers ready to work hard to claim the title of Provincial Champion, the second-last event began. The cacophony of coaches and cheering crowd could be heard from all corners of the venue throughout the direct eliminations. However, it all came down to the medal round, with Mitchell Hui (TFA) and Avery Townsend (RCFC) taking home the bronze medals. Moving forward to the gold medal match, we saw Lucas Sings (DYN) against Adam Wong (DYN), with a final score of 15-11 and a gold medal for Sings.

The final event of the BC Youth Provincial Championships was Y10 Mixed Sabre, and with only these last 4 fencers competing, the competition was drawing to a close. The sabre event slashed straight onwards to the top 4 direct eliminations with two fencers from Tri-City Fencing Academy, and two from Meadowridge Fencing Club. Taking the equal bronze medal place were Liam Bradley (MDR) and JiaLiang Han (MDR). Last, but certainly not least, the Y10 Mixed Sabre final: With a 10-6 victory for Alexander Serves (TFA) over teammate Jason Qin (TFA),  the last gold medal of the BC Youth Provincial Championships was awarded.

For full results from all of the weekend’s events, visit: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=36763&highlight_competitor_id=&event_id=145508

 

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

The 2017 BC Youth Provincials took place this past sunshine-filled weekend (June 3rd and 4th), and what a competition it was!

Two days, 11 events, 12 clubs, and over 100 competitors. With fencers, coaches, and their families travelling to Richmond from every corner of the province, and even from across the border, the weekend was set to be a thrilling event.

The weekend kicked off late Saturday morning, beginning with Y14 Men’s Epee. Twenty registrants tied this event as the largest of the weekend, and therefore definitely one to watch out for. After a close, down-to-the-clock, 14-13 match between Zhi Yin Zhang (TFA) and David Guo (DYN), Zhang took the first gold medal of the competition. The two bronze medals were equally earned by Joe Guo (DYN) and Yao Rong (DYN).

Taking place alongside the Men’s Epee event was the Y14 Women’s Epee category. With 9 fencers hailing from the Okanagan Freestyle Fencing, Capital City Fencers, Dynamo Fencing Club, and Tri-City Fencing Academy, the girls event was sure to be a hit (pardon the pun)! Throughout the direct elimination process, there showed to be some nail-biting bouts, especially in top 8. Two separate bouts resulting in 15-14 victories could be watched between Katie Purcell (DYN) and Deniza Ospan (CCFC), as well as Lydia Meng (DYN) and Angelica Sun (DYN), to qualify for the top 4 round. Two more very close bouts handed Olivia Blaze Richert (DYN) and Yekaterina Lubenkova (DYN) the equal bronze medals. In the end, a 15-5 victory for Deniza Ospan (CCFC) over Lydia Meng (DYN) brought the gold medal home for Ospan.

At noon came the Y14 Mixed Sabre event, with 9 fencers coming from Tri-City Fencing Academy, Dynamo Fencing Club, and Meadowridge Fencing Club. The event concluded with the gold medal going to Thomas Greenwood (TFA) and the silver medal to Jerry Pan (DYN) after a well fought bout with a final score of 15-6. The bronze medals were awarded to Jack Pan (DYN) and Rick Hu (TFA).

Y12 Mixed Foil was the third event to take place on day 1 of the BC Youth Provincial Championships. Fifteen competitors made up this event, and after 3 rounds of direct elimination, the equal bronze medal positions were presented to Heidi Zhu (DYN) and Sabrina Fang (TFA). Finally, with a 15-7 win, Zakhar Vozovik (DYN) took the gold medal over Avery Townsend (RCFC).

Day 1 concluded with the Y12 Mixed Sabre event, with a total of 8 fencers coming from Dynamo Fencing Club and Tri-City Fencing Academy. The final gold medal bout of the day was fenced between the Pan brothers, both fencing out of Dynamo Fencing Club. With a rousing final score of 15-10, Jerry Pan (DYN) took the win over Jack Pan (DYN). Bronze medals were collected by Alexander Serves (TFA) and Shengwen Chen (TFA).

For the full results from day 1 of the BC Youth Provincial Championships, visit: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=36763&highlight_competitor_id=&event_id=145500

 

2017 BC Youth Provincials – One week to go!

One more week until the 2017 BC Youth Provincial Championships! Will you be there?

If you haven’t registered yet, but would still like to compete at this exciting event, then head on over to: https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=36763

All details regarding contact, location, and event times are available via the link above. On behalf of everyone at the BCFA, we can’t wait to see you all there on June 3rd and 4th!