The San Jose, Costa Rica satellite tournament took place over the October 19th-20th weekend. Both Senior men’s epee and women’s epee events were held.
The competition started off with women’s epee, with a total of 10 Canadian athletes – including Kay Sze, Christina Zozulya and Emma von Dadelszen (former BC athlete, now living in the UK and studying in the US). After poules, Kay was seeded 4th, Emma 5th and Christina 11th. All three of the girls had BYEs into the 16. Emma won her first bout 15-14 against Andrea Campos Esquivel (CRC), Kay won her’s 15-13 against Elisabeta Havkin (CAN), and Christina lost her’s 9-15 to her Canadian teammate Alexanne Verret. Kay and Emma fenced in the round of 8, where Kay won with a score of 15-9. It was in the semi-final where Kay lost to Sheila Liliano Tejeda (MEX) 15-10, and came out with the bronze medal!
Men’s epee was up next on day 2 of the competition, with five Canadian athletes in the mix. BC’s Dylan French started off the day with a 4th place seed after the initial poule round, which landed him a BYE through the first round of DEs. In the 16, Dylan came up against Canadian teammate Jason Harel, and was victorious with a 15-8. In the quarterfinal, he won a close bout of 15-13 over Eduardo Garcia (PER) to advance into the medal rounds. The semi-final was another Canadian affair, where he fenced Samuel Gallagher Pelletier and won 15-12. In the final, Dylan came up against another Canadian teammate, Marc-Antoine Blais-Belanger, and although the bout was close, Dylan had his final victory of the day with a score of 14-13. A gold medal for Dylan French!
Congratulations Kay and Dylan on your medals!
Full results: https://fie.org/competitions/2020/394