Congratulations to our Fencers who were nominated for the 2013 Sask Sports Awards!

MEDIA RELEASE – Sask Sport
For immediate release January 8, 2014

Finalists announced for the Saskatchewan Sport Awards 2013 Athletes of the Year

Sask Sport Inc. is pleased to announce the 2013 Athlete of the Year finalists for the Saskatchewan Sport Awards. Every year Sask Sport Inc. recognizes individual athletes and teams for their outstanding contributions and achievements in amateur sport by awarding the Athlete of the Year Awards.

Three finalists are chosen in the following categories: master, youth male, youth female, male, female and team. From these finalists an award recipient will be determined by an online voting process taking place from January 13-17. Voting is open to eligible organizations; including Sask Sport Inc.’s active and affiliate members, the Provincial Sport Governing Bodies and the Saskatchewan Sports Media. The 2013 Athlete of the Year award recipients will be announced by Sask Sport Inc. later this month.

“The Athlete of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding athletes in our province. These finalists truly demonstrate that sport is more than a game. Through their hard work, dedication and determination to do their best, they exemplify all the great values that exist in our province,” said Shane Reoch, President of Sask Sport Inc.

The finalists for the 2013 Athlete of the Year Awards are:

MASTER:
Colin Coben, 58, Delisle, Golf, nominated by Golf Saskatchewan;
Ted Rowan, 80, Martensville, Athletics, nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics

YOUTH – MALE:
Rylan Wiens, 11, Saskatoon, Diving, nominated by Dive Sask;
Philip Pitura, 17, Regina, Fencing-Sabre, nominated by Saskatchewan Fencing Association;
Marco Schumann, 14, Saskatoon, Speed Skating-Long and Short Track, nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association

YOUTH – FEMALE:
Kylie Zirk, 15, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak, nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan;
Kirsten Van Marion, 15, Asquith, Fencing-Epee, nominated by Saskatchewan Fencing Association;
Katelyn Lehner, 18, Prince Albert, Athletics-Heptathlon, nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics

MALE:
Lyndon Rush, 33, Humboldt, Bobsleigh, nominated by Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation;
Jarret Kenke, 19, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak, nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan;
Keegan Christ, 19, Regina, Speed Skating-Short Track, nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association

FEMALE:
Brianne Theisen Eaton, 24, Humboldt, Athletics-Heptathlon, nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics; Chelsea Valois, 26, Zenon Park, Bobsleigh, nominated by University of Regina Athletics;
Natasha Kramble, 23, Saskatoon, Wrestling-Freestyle, nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association

TEAM:
Saskatoon Stingers, Saskatoon, Floor Hockey, nominated by Special Olympics Saskatchewan;
Regina Thunder Football Club, Regina, Football, nominated by Football Saskatchewan;
Saskatoon Scotia Bank Selects, Saskatoon, Softball, nominated by Softball Saskatchewan

Information on the 2013 Athlete of the Year Award finalists is attached on the following pages and also online at http://www.sasksport.sk.ca/SportAwards

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Special thanks to our corporate partner Global TV for their production assistance for the Saskatchewan Sports Awards.

For more information contact Della Ruopp at (306) 780-9375, email druopp@sasksport.sk.ca or visit http://www.sasksport.sk.ca/SportAwards/media.html.

/2013 Saskatchewan Sport Awards Athlete of the Year Finalists’ Bios on attached pages

2013 SASKATCHEWAN SPORT AWARDS
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS’ BIOS

2013 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS – MASTER

Colin Coben, 58, Delisle, Golf – Nominated by Golf Saskatchewan
• Tied for 13th place out of 144 competitors at the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship.
• Tied for 67th place out of 144 at the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
• Won the Saskatchewan Senior Men’s Championship.
• Tied for third at the Saskatchewan Mid-Amateur Men’s Championship.
• Won all four events he played on the Saskatchewan Senior Men’s Order of Merit Tour.

Ted Rowan, 80, Martensville, Athletics – Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics
• Set a new Canadian Masters record in the men’s 80-84 age class pentathlon, 200m, and long jump.
• Set new Saskatchewan Athletics records for the pentathlon, 200m, 1500m, long jump, discus and javelin at the Canadian Masters Championships.
• Set new Saskatchewan Athletics Masters records for the 100m and high jump at the Huntsman World Senior Games.
• Won gold medals in long jump and triple jump at the Saskatchewan Senior and Masters Championships/Canada Summer Games Trials.
• Placed first in the 50m and 100m at the Saskatchewan Open Championships and Trials.

2013 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS – YOUTH-MALE

Rylan Wiens, 11, Saskatoon, Diving
Nominated by Dive Sask
• Won a silver medal at the UANA Junior Pan American Championships.
• Qualified to attend the Junior Pan American Championships as part of Team Canada and qualified to be part of the Junior National Team.
• Won triple gold and set two Canadian records and two Saskatchewan records on the 3M and Platform.
• Won gold medals for 1M and 3 M springboard, and 10M platform, to qualify for the National Championships at the Vaughn Baird Polar Bear Classic.
• Won a gold and two silver medals at the Toon Town Western Classic.

Philip Pitura, 17, Regina, Fencing – Sabre
Nominated by Saskatchewan Fencing Association
• Junior National team member Men’s Sabre at the World Championships in Croatia.
• Placed in the Top 32 out of 212 competitors at the North American Cup.
• Won gold at the Canadian Nationals in Cadet Sabre Men’s.
• Placed 11th at the Canada Cup in Cadet Men’s Sabre.
• Won three gold medals at the Provincials in Cadet Men’s Sabre, Junior Men’s Sabre and Senior Men’s Sabre

Marco Schumann, 14, Saskatoon, Speed Skating-Long and Short Track
Nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association
• National Champion for Train to Train (T2T) 13 yrs of age Male Long Track at the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships – placed first in the 100m, 300m, 500m, 3000m
• Western Canadian Champion for T2T 13 Male Short Track – placed first in the 200m, 400m, 1500m, 3000m. Placed first in the 400m and second in the 1500m and 3000m at the Western Canadian Single Distance Championship (Short Track).
• Placed in the top 10 in the 1500m and 500m events at the Western Canadian Single Distance Short Track Championship against skaters up to 19 years of age.
• Ranked in the top two nationally for Junior C (U15 yrs of age) in every distance for Olympic Style speed skating.

2013 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS – YOUTH -FEMALE

Kylie Zirk, 15, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak
Nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
• Won gold and silver at the National team Trials and was named to the CanoeKayak Canada Team for competition at the Junior World Slalom Championships in Slovakia.
• Participated in the ICF Junior World Championships as one of the youngest competitors.
• Finished in the top third for both K-1 and C-1 slalom at the Canadian Whitewater Championships.
• Placed second in the Junior Women’s Whitewater Combined Event at the Alberta Provincial Whitewater Championships.

Kirsten Van Marion, 15, Asquith, Fencing – Epee
Nominated by Saskatchewan Fencing Association
• Won bronze for Cadet Women’s Epee (U15) at the Canadian Nationals.
• Won bronze for Team Epee at the Canada Games.
• Won gold and bronze at the Canadian Western Championships.
• Won two gold medals and a bronze at the Sask Provincials.

Katelyn Lehner, 18, Prince Albert, Athletics – Heptathlon
Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics
• Set new personal bests within the Heptathlon for 200m, 100m hurdles, and shot put at the Pan Am Junior Championships.
• Set new personal bests in the 800m and javelin and won silver at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships.
• Placed sixth at the Open Women’s Long Jump at the Canada Games.
• Established new records in Long Jump and the 100m hurdles at the Nike High School Grand Prix.
• Won five medals at the Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association (SHSAA) Provincial Championships.

2013 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS – MALE

Lyndon Rush, 33, Humboldt, Bobsleigh
Nominated by Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation
• Captured the World Cup Two Man Bobsleigh title (along with Jesse Lumsden).
• Two World Cup victories first place finishes.
• Total of Four podium finishes at the World Cup.
• Finished the season ranked #1 in world in the 2-man bobsled.
• Finished the season ranked #7 in the 4 -man bobsled.

Jarret Kenke, 19, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak
Nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
• Placed 16th at the ICF U23 World Sprint Canoe Championships.
• Won bronze in the Senior Men’s K-1 5000m and Senior Men’s K-4 1000m at the Pan Am Sprint Canoe Championships.
• First place finish in the senior men’s K-1 1000m event at the CanoeKayak Canada National Team Trails #2.
• Set a new Canadian record in the U19 Men’s K-2 1000m at the Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships.
• Won gold in the Men’s k-2 1000m and men’s K-4 200m, silver in the Men’s K-2 200m and bronze in the Men’s K-1 5000m and Men’s K-4 1000m at the 2013 Canada Games.

Keegan Christ, 19, Regina, Speed Skating – Short Track
Nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association
• Canadian Junior A National Short Track Champion.
• Finished first at the Canadian Short Track Championships in the 500m and 1000m and second in the 1500m and 3000m.
• Placed 6th in the 1500m at the Canadian Open National Qualifier, 15th in the 500m, and 10th in the 1000m. Overall ranking of 11th at the Canadian National Qualifier.
• Qualified for the National Team Selections Competition.
• Qualified for Team Canada Trials for the FISU Winter Universiade, Italy.

2013 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS – FEMALE

Brianne Theisen Eaton, 24, Humboldt, Heptathlon
Nominated by Saskatchewan Athletics
• Placed second overall in the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge (Decastar).
• Won silver in Heptathlon, setting a personal best for heptathlon and in the 800m event and set a new Saskatchewan Athletics Provincial Native and Open Senior Women’s Record for Heptathlon at the IAAF World Championships.
• Placed first in Heptathlon and set a personal best in long jump at the Hypo-Meeting (IAAF World Combined Events Challenge).
• Won gold in Heptathlon at the Canadian Track and Field Championships and World Championship Trials.
• Placed third in the 100m hurdles at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic.

Chelsea Valois, 26, Zenon Park, Bobsleigh
Nominated by University of Regina Athletics
• Won gold, along with Kallie Humphries, in the two-woman bobsleigh at the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation 2013 ( FIBT) World Championships.
• Won the overall championship in the two-woman bobsleigh at the 2012-13 Bobsleigh World Cup. Finishing with 1960 points overall standings, 162 points ahead of the second-place finishers.
• World Cup race #6 finished third; Race #7 finished first; race #8 finished second; race #9 finished third.
• Humphries and Valois were the first winners of the Bobsleigh World Cup from a country other than Switzerland, United States, or Germany.

Natasha Kramble, 23, Saskatoon, Wrestling-Freestyle
Nominated by Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association
• Placed fifth at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Championships in Kazan, Russia.
• Placed 25th overall at the 2013 Senior World Championships.
• Won a silver medal at the 2013 Pan Am Championships.
• Won a gold medal at the 2013 Senior National Championships.
• National Senior Wrestling Champion, qualifying for Senior Pan Am Championships, FISU and Senior World Championships.

2013 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS – TEAM

Saskatoon Stingers, Saskatoon, Floor Hockey
Nominated by Special Olympics Saskatchewan
• Won a gold medal in floor hockey at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeong Chang, Republic of Korea.
• Member of the Special Olympics Canada Team of the Year.
• Member of the Special Olympics Saskatchewan Team of the Year.
• Named Sask Sport Inc., February Athlete of the Month.

Regina Thunder Football Club, Regina
Nominated by Football Saskatchewan
• First-ever Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Champions by defeating the Vancouver Island Raiders 55-26.
• Won the Prairie Football League (PFL) Championship Game against the Saskatoon Hilltops 21-16.
• The victory over the Hilltops ended that team’s three year reign as PFL champions.
• Overall record Wins – 5 Losses – 3.
• 2 All Canadian Awards – QB – Asher Hastings and DB – Chris Tunnicliffe.

Saskatoon Scotia Bank Selects, Saskatoon, Softball
Nominated by Softball Saskatchewan
• U18 Girls Canadian Softball Champions. First gold medal for Saskatchewan in 22 years.
• Samantha Ridgewell was selected as an All-Star Utility Player and Haley Volk was selected the Top Player in the Championship Round.
• Saskatoon Presidents Tournament Gold Medalists and Melfort Tournament – Silver
• U18 Provincial A Champions.
• Total win loss record 34 wins 15 losses.
• Haley Volk and Cassidy Ball selected and participated in the under 21 Canada Games in Sherbrooke Quebec.

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A great look into the mind of a #Fencer as they compete.

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The first Canada Cup of the 2013-2014 fencing season was held in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The hosting venue was the same venue that was used for the Canada Games this past summer. My training leading up to this tournament was quite exceptional and I felt like I had it in me to win the entire competition. I was eager to get the first major tournament under my belt.

The morning of the competition I went through my usual routine to get psyched up and mentally focused. I arrived at the competition venue thirsty for victory. I had an excellent warm-up and, despite breaking my favourite blade, I was ready to go when the pool bouts were called.

There were 6 people(including myself) in my pool, with my main competition being Marc-Andre Leblanc and Farooq Habib. I’m good friends with both of them and I’ve had the opportunity to fence them a…

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Greetings!

To the chagrin of many, the summer is reaching its natural end. Most Saskatchewanians become disheartened by the inevitable season change, but I come out of my hibernation. The beast in me awakes and becomes very hungry for competition and training.

This fencing season begins on September 4th, and I’ve been long awaiting the day I can suit up and strive for success. The past season (2012-2013) was the most successful season of my fencing career. This was my first year of fencing on the World level, and not only was I able to get my feet wet and my nose dirty, I was able to place in the top 64 (48th) in Vancouver and in Switzerland I finished 72nd. Nationally, I was top 8 in every competition, my worst result being 7th and my best finish was 3rd. Provincially…

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Best ever performance by women’s foil fencers

Canadian Women's Foil Fencing Team

Canadian Women’s Foil Fencing Team at the World Championships in Budapest 2013

 

Montréal, August 10, 2013 – The Canadian women’s foil fencing team put together their best ever performance in World Championship history, Saturday, after finishing 7th in Budapest, Hungary, while the men’s sabre team came away with an 11th place finish.

Shannon Comerford of Saskatoon, Alanna Goldie, of Calgary, Eleanor Harvey, of Hamilton, and Kelleigh Ryan, of Ottawa, got a bye through the round of 32, then managed two wins in four matches.

The Canadians, classed 10th in the International Fencing Federation (FIE), got things started with a victory over the 7th ranked Japanese by a score of 45-31 in the round of 16.

They unfortunately lost their next duel with the Russians, 2nd in the world, 45-21, and then fell again to the 6th ranked Poles, 45-35, in the match to decide classifications between 5th and 8th.

The Canadians wrapped up their tournament on a winning note, however, capturing 7th place with a victory over China (ranked 9th in the FIE) by a score of 43-37.

“We’ve just achieved our goal! said with enthusiasm Kelleigh Ryan. China is a strong team who had knocked Germany out of the competition earlier.”

“We have made the quarter finals three times, but never managed to take the next step in the seeding rounds. Today’s extra step up the ladder was very satisfying. Our coach, Paul ApSimon, has taught us to work as a team. Based on our individual results, the whole is definitely stronger than the parts.”

“The team had been improving all year with a 9th, 8th and 8th in the last three world cups. This result is a confirmation that we are heading in the right direction, said ApSimon. Our objective was seventh, and defeating the Chinese in the last match was the perfect exclamation point to a breakthrough season.”

It was first World Championships team experience for Eleanor Harvey, 18 year old. “We finished fourth in April at the Junior World Championships and, although I found today’s level to be much higher, April’s experience really helped. I am really proud of my team and the way we worked together today.”

Alanna Goldie, 18 year old too, agreed with her teammate. “Although we were dreaming for a better result, I am proud of my team and the way the team performed today. Our objective was seventh and we achieved it today.”

As for Sabreurs Philippe Beaudry of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Shaul Gordon of Vancouver, Mark Peros of Toronto, and Joseph Polossifakis of Outremont, they won three of their five matches on Saturday.

Ranked 11th in the International standings, the Canadians got off to a good start with a win over the 24th ranked Brazilians, 45-36 in the round of 32.

They ran into a wall in the next round, however, where the Germans handed them a 45-26 defeat, relegating the Canadians to the 9th through 16th classifications.

After rebounding with a tight, 45-43 victory over the Brits (14th), the Canadians were taken down by the Ukrainian team, 10th best in the International rankings.

Finally, in the contest to decide 11th place, the Canadian sabreurs came away victorious, beating the 8th ranked Chinese by a score of 45-34.

The Canadians will be in action, Sunday, in the women’s epee team competition.

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Written by Sportcom for Canadian Fencing Federation

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Games….heeeerrree’s TEAM SASK!

The Saskatchewan Fencing Association names

TEAM SASKATCHEWAN

FOR THE 2013 Canada Summer Games

 The Saskatchewan Fencing Federation has named the 12 Junior fencers who will be competing and representing Saskatchewan at the 2013 Summer Games to be held this coming August in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

The team, representing a cross-section of the province from north to south, are the top two performers in their weapons category from amongst all fencers across the province.  The list includes two Cadet National Team members (Philip Pitura and Patrik Dula), as well as a number of fencers who have won medals both nationally and internationally.

It’s a team we can be proud to have represent our province.

 

2013 Canada Summer Games – Team Sask Fencing:

 

Women’s Epee

Kirsten Van Marion – Asquith Garde Fencing Club

Bdhanya Ramaswami – Saskatoon Fencing Club

 

Women’s Foil

Heidi Atter – Regina South Zone Fencing Club

Shaylyn Kress – Prince Albert Northern Knights Fencing Club

 

Women’s Sabre

Maia Stempien – Saskatoon Fencing Club

Brooklyn Hill – Asquith Garde Fencing Club

 

Men’s Epee

Justin Neumeyer – Saskatoon Fencing Club

Kieran Ramaswami – Saskatoon Fencing Club

 

Men’s Foil

Patrik Dula – Saskatoon Fencing Club

Adam Nazarali – Saskatoon Fencing Club

 

Men’s Sabre

Philip Pitura – Regina South Zone Fencing Club

Garrett Whelan – Asquith Garde Fencing Club

 

Feel free to follow along their progress on Twitter, where we’ll be tweeting away with the hashtag #Fencing, #TeamSask and #GoSaskGo – Good luck to you all!  Do us proud as we know you will….Saskatchewan Represent!!

 

8th Annual Salle Seguin Coaching Course

In our last post we did a tribute to our Maitre listing off his amazing accomplishments.  Now, coaches from around the world have the opportunity to learn from all of his experience as part of the 8th Annual Salle Seguin Coaching Course.

Salle SeguinDate: August 12th, 9:00am to August 16th 2013
Who: all coaches striving to Level 3 and/or Level 4
Where: Salle Seguin Fencing centre
414 1st Ave. N.
Saskatoon, SK
Registration: Maitre Claude Seguin
#257 – 245 Ashworth Cres.
Saskatoon, SK
S7T 0P2
Contact:  salleseguin@shaw.ca for more information
Fees: $600.00 participant in course – one weapon only for course
$100.00 each weapon for evaluation(s)

Facilitator: Maitre Claude Seguin
Sask Provincial Coach
Past National coach – women’s foil
Past national coach – Jr. Epee
President (Past) Fencing Academy of Canada
Coach – multiple cadet, junior, senior national team members
Coached Olympic epee fencer
Coach – World Champion, cadet men’s epee 2002
NCI Mentor coach, Level IV
Course information
 Standard international school & methodology will be trained
 Bring note book
 Athletes will be provided for coaches to work with, you may bring athletes if you wish
 Theory sessions – fencing physiology, annual planning, LTAD, fencing terminology,
tactics etc.
 Practical sessions, morning & afternoon
 Evaluations are not mandatory, unless requested
 Come & enjoy pure fencing!

 

For more information contact Lynn or Claude Seguin at:  salleseguin@shaw.ca

A Tribute to a True Master

Maitre Claude Seguin

Maitre Claude Seguin

Recently our Maitre Claude Seguin celebrated his 65th Birthday.  A milestone by any means, but for someone like Claude it is also the marking of a 40 year career in Fencing, almost 34 of which have been set in Saskatchewan.  You cannot say the word “fencing” in Saskatchewan and not say the name Claude Seguin in the same breath, for they are one and the same.  We have a presence in this sport thanks to the dedication of this Maitre who was born in Ontario, but chose to head out West to make his mark on the sport.  A Maitre who has been sought the world over for his expertise, but who instead of leading the glamourous life he might have had in New York, or Europe decided instead to create his own legacy right here on the Prairies.

Here are just a few (not all) of his accomplishments:

Claude Seguin – A Timeline in History

  • 1973 – began his coaching career in Ontario.
  • 1976 – coached in Manitoba for the next 3 years.
  • 1979 – became head coach of the Saskatoon Fencing Club and Provincial Coach of the Saskatchewan Fencing Association.
  • 1982 – Coach of the Saskatchewan Team at the Western Canada Summer Games
  • 1986 – The first Canadian to achieve the title of Maitre (Achieved NCI Level IV in all three weapons)
  • 1987 – Coach of the Saskatchewan Team at the Western Canada Summer Games
  • 1988 – Saskatchewan Dairy Producers Coach of the Year
  • 1990 – Coach of the Saskatchewan Team at the Western Canada Summer Games
  • 1990 – 1996 – Vice President of the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan
  • 1990 – 2000 Coach of Saskatchewan Team at 10 World Cadet Championships
  • 1991 – Coach of the Saskatchewan Team at the Canada Games
  • 1991 – Coach of the Canadian Team at the World University Games (Sheffield, England)
  • 1992 – Prepared and successfully qualified one Canadian fencer for the Barcelona Olympics (Allan Francis)
  • 1992 – Fencing Academy of Canada Junior Development Coach of the Year
  • 1993 – Fencing Academy of Canada Junior Development Coach of the Year
  • 1995 – Coach of the Saskatchewan Team at the Canada Games
  • 1995 – Coach of the Canadian Team at the World Universtiy Games (Fukuoka, Japan)
  • 1996 – Fencing Academy of Canada Junior Development Coach of the Year
  • 1999 – Coach of the Saskatchewan Team at the Canada Games
  • 2002 – Coach of the Canadian National Junior Epee Team World Junior Championships (Antalya, Turkey) – where son Jean-Pierre won the World Cadet Championships in epee.
  • 2003 – Advisor to the Canada Games
  • 2003 – Coach of the Canadian National Junior Epee Team World Junior Championships (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
  • 2004 – Coach of the Canadian National Junior Epee Team World Junior Championships (Linz, Austria)
  • 2006 – Inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ongoing – Consistently has placed at least one fencer from Saskatchewan on the National Team each year.
  • Ongoing – Prepared coaches at all levels, including Level IV, and runs a coaching clinic each summer.

From his bio on the SFA Website:

Maitre Claude Seguin

Claude coaching Junior National Team Member Patrik Dula

“Claude has represented Canada in every possible way in the sport from being a team coach, referee, manager, delegate, armourer and medic, frequently all at the same time, and performing well at all tasks. His apprenticeship coaching program is the model upon which other tutelage programs have been established, and he carries on his successful program among such distant cities as Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert, and Swift Current. Among his best athletes have been 2002 World Champion Jean-Pierre Seguin, 1992 Olympian Allan Francis, National Women’s Foil team member Lavinia Surdu, and Junior National team members Tarsch Bakos in épée, Kent Shirley in foil, and National Team Member of the Women’s Foil Fencing Team Shannon Comerford, as well as many other Cadet, Junior, and Senior National team members.”

Today marks a milestone for Claude’s life, and the continuation of the legacy he has built here in Saskatchewan, but he’s not done yet.  For those who have yet to experience the power of Claude not to worry – he has a new generation of fencers coming up in his Saskatchewan system, either under his direct tutelage, or under the coaches that he helped to train.

As he marks this milestone in his life, we honour our Maitre with words of heartfelt thanks, words of humour, and words that are Claude’s very own:

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A few of our favourite “Claude-isms”

(Thanks to John Brunning for sharing!)

“If Joe Schmuck from nowhere Sask. can do it ….”
“Since you are leading the drills anyway perhaps you should take a coaching course.”
The 2011 Saskatchewan Provincial Fencing Team

The 2011 Saskatchewan Provincial Fencing Team

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“Claude has always made me laugh and tells it like it is.  Recently he told me that my “baby” (19 year old) needs to cut off all of his curls (like his team mates did for him when he did his first European epee tour a year and a half ago) and cut the apron strings!  My boy is now a young man who has learned to love fencing from the impact that Claude has had on his life. Justin feels that Claude has inspired him to become a better person through becoming a better athlete.”

~ James Neumeyer

“Claude’s enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of fencing is first rate.  His knowledge and pursuit of athlete development has helped many fencers achieve world class rankings.  He deserves a joyous birthday and a year ahead filled with great memories!”

~ Kathy Nazarali, SFC registrar

“Ah Claude… hearing them call our names at the airport and him casually saying “Good – time for one last cigarette”. Overheard during a lesson: “Relax, relax goddammit or I’ll kill you.” (he meant that the student needed to be relaxed in order to react correctly, but it sounds way better out of context). Getting an exhausting lesson just before pools at an elite circuit tournament in Montreal (and me in way over my head), and consequently roaring through the pools while all my opponents were just starting to wake up. Driving back up from Regina at 2:00 in the morning. It’s endless, really. Fencing + Saskatchewan = Claude. Nuff said.”

~ Jeff O’Brien, Asquith Fencer

“To this day Claude advocates a cold ball of spaghetti as a good pre-competition snack. It makes me laugh every time.”

~ Erica  Emery, Regina  Fencer

“While at the Canadian National Championships in Edmonton In the spring of 1983, Claude was, shall we say, “less than thrilled” to have the Edmonton police come into the gym looking for him.  Evidently, he had been parking illegally and feared the jig was up.  At least, that is the reason he gave for being apprehensive.  He was greatly relieved to learn they were only looking for him to rescue my daughter.  She was one of two kids from Saskatchewan who participated in a program that year to encourage youth to take up fencing.  The program was run by the Candian Fencing Federation  (CFA at that time).  It provided chaperones and brought young fencers to the nationals from across the country.    Due to some mix-up, the Saskatchewan fencers were abandoned at their residence and weren’t taken to the airport for their flight home.  Without cell phones, and barely any computers in use, I had no way of contacting anyone at the tournament other than to call the police.”

~Mike Weaver, Past President Saskatoon  Fencing Club

Claude is the type of coach that will always be there for you no matter what. Whether it be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, or a word of advice he is always there to help his athletes do their best. His passion and commitment to fencing is unrivalled – on par with his ability to chat!

~Shannon Comerford, Saskatchewan Provincial Team Member and Member of the Canadian Nation Women’s Foil Fencing Team

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