2018 Can/Am Veterans Cup – Calling all BC Veterans!

Our BC veterans proved their skills at the Veteran World Championships a few weeks ago, and coming in May of 2018 is another opportunity to showcase that west coast talent! The Can/Am Veterans Cup is the premier veteran competition in North America, so let’s get as many of our athletes out there to represent British Columbia! The competition will be taking place in May of 2018 in Markham, Toronto. All further information regarding registration, competition format, and accommodation is posted below.

Can/Am Veterans Cup 2018

May 26 – 27

Markham (Toronto)

All weapons, individual and team

Master at Arms (three weapons) Champion Awards

Age group medals awarded

CFF Ranking points (for Canadian Fencers)

Cash Prizes and much more;

Gala Award Dinner & Dance, honouree for outstanding achievement in Veterans fencing.

The Venue:

Vango Toronto Fencing Center

980 Denison Street

A superb facility with 14 FIE strips and raised final strip.

 Most of all great fencing and camaraderie

Support and be part of Veterans fencing.



  Special rates event Hotel steps from venue.

Monte Carlo Inn, Downtown Markham

Single & Double $109.90

Continental Breakfast, Parking, local calls, WI FI; Complimentary


“Can/Am Veterans Cup 2018 Group Block” 329531 / Pin 011117

Must book by April 26, 2018

2017 Veteran World Championships (In Review)

The 2017 Veteran World Championships took place this past week (October 16th-21st), and our BC athletes will be returning home with some phenomenal results to show for it.

First up for our BC competitors were Mike Krasnich, and Roy Suzuki in Individual Men’s Sabre. Mike competed in the 50+ category of the Individual Men’s Sabre event. Poules presented Mike with a 58th seed position from his 1-5 display. He gained a bye into the round of 64, and was matched up with the 7th seeded fencer, Sergey Kushpil (RUS). Mike was unable to defeated the Russian, falling 10-5 and accepting his 58th place result in the end.

Next was Roy, who fenced in the 60+ age category, and went 2-3 in poules at the beginning of the day. After poules, he was seeded 27th and placed against Hon Kin Albert Tsang (HKG). Roy handily defeated his opponent 10-4 in his first DE, advancing him into the round of 32. Eric Loiseau (FRA) was Roy’s next bout, though the tables turned and the French fencer prevailed with a 10-4 win over our BC athlete. He concluded the event in 28th place. Mike and Roy both represented Canada and BC well, along with their combined efforts in the Team Men’s Sabre event.

Fran Sloan-Sainas and returning former Olympian, Susan Stewart were next up to represent our province in Individual Women’s Foil. Fran left poules ranked 23rd, giving her a BYE into the round of 32. She was up against Liubov Mayorova (RUS), though just narrowly missing the round of 16 with a final score of 6-4 for Mayorova. Still, Fran finished in 25th place in the 60+ event.

If you weren’t already familiar with Susan’s fencing career, she competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, placing 6th in team and 43rd in individual women’s foil. Stewart has yet again graced the world stage the Veteran Worlds, and begun the 70+ category with a 5th place seeding after poules. Once into the round of 16 after her bye through 32’s, Susan faced Ruth Dodge (USA). The bout ended with a 10-5 win for Dodge, and a 9th place result for Susan.

The next day, the ladies were up again for the Team Women’s foil event, this time accompanied by BC athelete Grace Born and Montreal teammate Siobhan Moss. In the poule rounds the ladies fenced against Australia, Germany, and Japan, though were unsuccessful against their opponents, leaving them with a 10th place seed into direct eliminations. With poules behind them, they fought hard against the Japanese team, and prevailed with a 30-26 win.  Moving onto the round of 8, team Canada was paired with the no.2 seed, France; though this didn’t shake them. Another 30-26 success over the French team, and they were onto the semi-finals! Facing off with the United States, who Susan was already familiar with after her individual event, emotions were high. The women put up a good fight against our Southern neighbours, but in the end the USA advanced into the final with a 30-15 win. Our Canadian team finished the event in 4th place after the bronze medal bout against Great Britain. Overall a fantastic world result for our Canadian/BC women’s team!

Onto day 4 of the competition, and it was Grace Born’s time to shine in Individual Women’s Sabre (50+). She started the event out slowly,  going 1-5 in poules and being seeded 27th going into DE’s – yet still gaining a bye into the round of 32. Grace kicked up the heat in the 32’s with a nail-biting victory of 10-9 over Jose M Padura (ESP), who was seeded 6th after poules. Another close bout came in the round of 16 against Vanessa Hendra (GBR), with Grace defeating the British fencer 10-8! The day progressed, and her next opponent was presented in the form of Friederike Janshen (GER). The German was the 3rd ranked fencer in the event, and was showing to be a tough competitor. Though Grace gave it all she had, the German ended up proceeding to the Semi with a 10-4 victory. Grace completed her Veteran Worlds with her best ever result, an 8th place result. Congratulations again, Grace!

Roy Suzuki, who fenced previously in the sabre events, Bela Suveg, and Andrew Shulz were our BC men’s epeeists at the Championships. Bela started the event off well, completing poules with 4 victories and 2 losses, placing him in the 32nd seed position. Due to his achievements throughout poules, Bela advanced straight into the round of 64. His first bout was against Alexandr Zagorulko (RUS), in which he defeated the Russian 9-5. In the round of 32, Bela’s opposition was Roberto Codon Miravalles (ESP). Despite his previous successes, the Spanish fencer took the win over our BC champion, with a 10-6 win. Bela concluded the event in 28th place.

Andrew began the Individual Men’s Epee 60+ event going 2-3 in his poule, with one competitor withdrawing from the competition. This initial result landed Andrew in a 45th place position directly advancing into the round of 64. His first bout was against Goran Elfverson, in which Elfverson won the bout 10-7.

Roy fenced alongside teammate Andrew Shulz in the 60+ age group. He finished poules with 3 victories and 2 losses, which presented him as the 36th seed, and a bye into the round of 64. However, Martin Dalla Vecchia (SUI) showed victorious against Roy with a 10-4 win. Andrew finished up the event in 31st place, while Roy came 42nd. All of our Men’s Epeeists demonstrated fabulous BC fencing throughout, and put in valiant efforts within the team event as well.

An overall wonderful performance by all of our Canadian and BC athletes. We are all looking forward to what seems to be a strong future for BC veteran fencing on the international stage! Go BC!



Looking Forward

If you’re an eager athlete trying to plan out your competition season already, there are some fantastic events all across BC waiting for you to sign up for them. They may not be coming for a couple of months, but its better to get on it now than to miss out on competing later!


UBC Remembrance Day Competition 2017AMS Student Nest, Great Hall: Vancouver, BC  (Nov 19th)

Pre-Xmas Epee Clash 2017 – Beairsto Elementary School: Vernon, BC (Nov 25-26th)


  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #2 – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (Dec 3rd)
  • Dynamo Youth Open #3 (Christmas) – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (Dec 10th)


  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #3 – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (Jan 28th)


  • Dynamo Youth Grand Prix (#4) – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (Feb 11th)


  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #4 – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (Mar 25th)


  • Dynamo Youth Open Grande Finale (#5) Y8-Y14, Junior – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (May 6th)
  • Jeux De Pomme 2018 – Beairsto Elementary School: Vernon, BC (May 12-13th)
  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit Grande Finale – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (May 27th)

Flex that Fencing Brain!

We all experience motivational dips during the competition season; training nearly every day for hours on end may take its toll on some of us. At times your confidence may falter due to the blank slate that is the unknown future (i.e. point standings to qualify for national team, results at your next big competition, etc.), so how do we counteract these thoughts? I suggest getting your hands on the autobiography “Running With Swords” by Canada’s very own Sherraine Schalm. She has four Olympic games behind her, as well as multiple Pan American Games and World Championship medals to her name. Sherraine’s book is a fantastic display of true dedication, and the potential of what may come if you keep putting in the work to achieve your goals. A little bit of Canadian fencing history to get the season going!

Another fantastic read for those just dipping their toes into the fencing world, “How to Fence Epee” translated from French by our very own BC coach, Brendan Robertson from Okanagan Freestyle Fencing! Check out the link below for more information regarding this brilliant introduction into the technical world of our sport.

“How to Fence Epee”: http://www.howtofenceepee.com/about/

Sherraine Schalm’s Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherraine_Schalm


Competitions to come…

As all of you begin the search for new, fun, and challenging competitions, consider checking out these fantastic local ones coming soon! The following tournaments will take place throughout the months of September and October, so get registering now!

Victor Gantsevich Senior Open – September 23rd

  • Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC

Victor Gantsevich Youth Open #1 – September 24th

Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC

TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #1 – October 1st

Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gymnasium, Coquitlam, BC

Okanagan Fencing Championships – 2017 – October 20-22nd

Winfield Memorial Hall: Lake Country, BC

UNBC Cup Charity Tournament – October 21-22nd 

Charles Jago Sports Center: Prince George, BC

Dynamo Youth Open #2 (Halloween) – October 29th

Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond BC

Halloween Slash and Stab 2017 – October 29th

AMS Student Nest, Great Hall: Vancouver, BC



The 2017 BCFA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be taking place on Sunday, September 10th from 12pm-2pm at the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Conference will be open to all  members of the BCFA community who would like to be involved in the future of the BCFA, and the changes made within it. Topics including; the strategic plan, financial plan, potential future member positions, etc. will be discussed and voted on during this time. If you would like to see certain changes within our community, or have any suggestions regarding the future of the association, please attend this meeting and have your voice heard. Additionally, head on over to our Facebook page to let us know if you are thinking of attending- LINK BELOW!

BCFA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCFencing/

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