Montréal, June 20, 2013 – Canada’s top foil fencers put together a
terrific performance, Wednesday, at the Pan-American Fencing
Championships presented in Cartagena, Colombia, walking away with an
impressive second place finish.
The team comprised of Shannon Comerford (Saskatoon), Alanna
Goldie (Calgary), Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton), and Kelleigh Ryan
(Ottawa), suffered just one loss on the day, losing to the Americans
38-36 in the finals.
"Although the final result was disappointing, this is very
encouraging for team Canada, Goldie pointed out. We finished 4th in
the Junior World Championships team event in April, and we made two
top 8 results in the world cup events. This year we showed the
fencing world that we can compete with the world's best.”
“Every member of the US team has won a world championship. This
result will give us the confidence to progress to the next level,"
National foil fencing coach Paul ApSimon was satisfied with how
the tournament unfolded:
"Today's final vs USA was a disappointing result in the moment
but also a confirmation that this young team is moving in the right
direction. The US team consisted of two top 8 fencers in the world
rankings (Lee Kiefer and Nzingha Prescod) and the third member
Margaret Lu was a member of the junior world champion team in Moscow
“These three USA fencers swept the individual podium along with
Canadian Alanna Goldie (bronze),” ApSimon added.
In their first two outings, the 10th ranked Canadian contingent
took care of business in an expedited fashion, taking out the
Colombians, classed 26th by a score of 45-29 in the quarterfinals,
before eliminating the 16th ranked Mexicans in the semifinals,
In the bronze medal match, the Venezuelans beat the Mexicans
On the men’s side, the Canadian swordsmen had a rough go of it,
Wednesday. Beaten in the quarterfinals by the Chileans Marc-Antoine
Blais-Bélanger, Hugues Boisvert-Simard, Maxime Brinck-Croteau and
Vincent Pelletier, the side eventually settled for a 5th place
“It’s a real letdown for us, Pelletier (Québec) admitted. I think
that was the first time we’d ever missed out on the podium at the
The Canadians, classed 13th in the international standings, got
off to a tough start, losing their opener to the lower ranked
Chileans (31st) by a score of 45-41.
They rebounded in their final two matches, beating the Colombians
45-30 and the Mexicans 45-38. In the gold medal final, the
Venezuelans took down the Americans 45-35. The Cubans got the better
of the Chileans in the battle for 3rd place.
The Pan-American Championships will continue Thursday in
Cartagena, with team competitions in women’s sabre and men’s foil
The Quebecers Sandra Sassine and Gabriella Page as well as the
Albertan Marissa Ponich and the Ontarian Heather Shacker will draw
for their country in sabre, while the Quebecers Maximilien Van
Haaster, Étienne Lalonde Turbide and Anthony Prymack will join
forces with the Albertan Rory Chisholm in foil fencing.
Written by Sportcom for the Canadian Fencing Federation