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Canadian Fencers Finish Top of the Podium in Junior World Cup / Les escrimeuses canadiennes terminent au sommet du podium à la Coupe du monde junior

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Canadian Fencers Finish Top of the Podium in Junior World Cup / Les escrimeuses canadiennes terminent au sommet du podium à la Coupe du monde junior

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Eleanor Eleanor Harvey (r) wins Belgrade World Cup. Alanna J Goldie wins silver.(l) Shown here with coach Paul ApSimon

Eleanor Eleanor Harvey (r) wins Belgrade World Cup. Alanna J Goldie wins silver.(l) Shown here with coach Paul ApSimon

March 18, 2012

Canadian Fencers Eleanor Harvey and Alanna Goldie Finish Top of the Podium in Junior World Cup

It was another historic day for Canadian fencing with women’s foil fencers finishing 1-2 at the Junior World Cup event this past weekend in Belgrade, Serbia.

The gold medal was won by Eleanor Harvey (Toronto, ON) who defeated fellow Canadian Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB) 15-7 in the final.  This was Harvey’s first World Cup win, which moves her into 4th place overall in the Junior World rankings.  Harvey started the day off with a defeat against a Romanian fencer but then proceeded to get stronger through the preliminary rounds, winning her next five bouts.  She went on to win the next five bouts in the direct elimination round which eventually earned her the gold medal.

“I am excited to win my first Junior World Cup and it was amazing to be able to share it with my teammate Alanna Goldie as my opponent,” stated Harvey.  “Alanna showed me and other Canadians that it was possible to win on the World Cup circuit earlier this year with her victory in the Poland Junior World Cup.  Her victory in Poland was the first time a Canadian women’s foil fencer ever won a junior world cup, now we have won two!”

Harvey, who recently turned 18 years of age in January, still has two more years to compete at the junior level.  She has been steadily climbing the rankings with a sixth place finish at a Junior World Cup event December 15th in Leszno, Poland and recently won gold at the Pan American Junior Championships in February.  Harvey finished 13th at the 2012 Junior Cadet World Championships a year ago but she is aiming for higher at this year’s event in April in Croatia. “I am very excited for the upcoming Junior World Championships in Porec, Croatia in a few weeks,” stated Harvey.  “We came to Belgrade to do a warm up tournament for Junior Worlds, and I look forward to taking this experience with me to Porec.”

It was a great tournament for Alanna Goldie who made history as the first Canadian foil fencer to win gold at a Junior World Cup this past December.  She won all 5 of her preliminary bouts, and entered the direct elimination round ranked 3rd overall. She won all of her direct elimination bout easily, losing only to Harvey in the final. With her second place finish, Goldie who turns 19 in April moves into 5th place in the World Junior rankings.

Weapon Leader and Coach Paul ApSimon (Ottawa, ON) was thrilled with their performance. “It was a perfect day, a first ever 1-2 finish on the World Cup stage for Canadian fencing. The athletes fed off each other and got stronger and stronger throughout the day,” commented ApSimon. “This result is a confirmation that the Canadian women’s foil program has a bright future.  Alanna and Eleanor have been winning big events all year and are now ranked 4th and 5th on the Junior World Cup circuit.  The fact that they still have 2 and 3 Junior World Championships left is very exciting for Canadian Fencing.”

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For further information, please contact: Caroline Sharp, ed@fencing.ca, (613)323-5605.


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18 mars 2012

Les escrimeuses canadiennes Eleanor Harvey et Alanna Goldie terminent au sommet du podium à la Coupe du monde junior

Ce fut une autre journée historique pour l’escrime canadienne. En effet, les escrimeuses ont terminé au premier et au deuxième rang à la compétition de fleuret féminin de la Coupe du monde junior, qui s’est déroulée au cours du weekend passé à Belgrade, en Serbie.

La médaille d’or a été remportée par Eleanor Harvey (Toronto, Ont.) qui a défait la Canadienne Alanna Goldie (Calgary, Alb.) par 15-7 à la finale. C’est la première victoire de Harvey en Coupe du monde, ce qui lui a permis de se hisser à la quatrième place au classement mondial junior. Harvey a commencé la journée avec une défaite contre une escrimeuse roumaine, mais elle s’est renforcée pendant les rondes préliminaires en remportant les cinq combats suivants. Elle a ensuite gagné les cinq matchs de la ronde d’élimination directe, ce qui lui a valu sa médaille d’or.

« Je suis heureuse d’avoir remporté ma première Coupe du monde junior, et c’était merveilleux de pouvoir partager ce moment avec ma coéquipière Alanna Goldie comme mon opposante, a commenté Harvey. Alanna m’a démontré, ainsi qu’aux autres Canadiens, qu’il était possible de gagner sur le circuit de la Coupe du monde plus tôt cette année avec sa victoire à la Coupe du monde junior de Pologne. Sa victoire en Pologne était la première Coupe du monde junior remportée par une fleurettiste canadienne, et aujourd’hui nous en avons gagné deux! »

Harvey, qui a fêté ses 18 ans en janvier, devra encore concourir pendant deux ans au niveau junior. Elle a grimpé dans les classements avec une certaine constance. Elle a notamment obtenu une sixième place à une compétition de la Coupe du monde junior le 15 décembre à Leszno, en Pologne et a récemment remporté l’or aux Championnats panaméricains juniors en février. Harvey a fini 13e aux Championnats du monde cadets juniors de 2012 il y a un an, mais elle vise plus haut pour la compétition de cette année qui aura lieu en avril, en Croatie. « Je suis impatiente de participer aux prochains Championnats du monde juniors à Porec, en Croatie dans quelques semaines, a indiqué Harvey. Nous nous sommes rendues à Belgrade pour disputer un tournoi de préparation pour les Mondiaux juniors, et je suis impatiente de mettre cette expérience à contribution à Porec. »

Le tournoi s’est bien passé pour Alanna Goldie qui est entrée dans l’histoire comme la première fleurettiste canadienne à avoir remporté une médaille d’or à la Coupe du monde junior en décembre dernier. Elle a remporté 5 des ses matchs préliminaires, et elle a amorcé la ronde d’élimination directe au 3e rang. Elle a remporté facilement tous ses matchs de la ronde d’élimination directe et ne s’est inclinée que devant Harvey à la finale. Avec sa deuxième place, Goldie qui fêtera ses 19 ans en avril, a pris la 5e place au classement mondial junior.

Paul ApSimon (Ottawa, Ont.), responsable d’arme et entraîneur, était heureux de leur performance. « C’était une journée parfaite. C’est la première fois que nous avons obtenu une première et une deuxième place à la Coupe du monde. Les athlètes ont été une source de motivation les unes pour les autres et sont devenues plus fortes à mesure que la journée avançait, a commenté ApSimon. Ce résultat confirme que l’avenir du programme canadien de fleuret féminin est radieux. Alanna et Eleanor ont remporté des épreuves importantes pendant toute l’année et occupent maintenant le 4e et le 5e rang sur le circuit de la Coupe du monde junior. Le fait qu’il leur reste encore 2 ou 3 Championnats du monde juniors est une très bonne nouvelle pour l’escrime canadienne. »

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Tips for Attending National-Level Competitions

A great Tumblr blog from a site called:  Fencer Problems (you can visit them here)  http://fencer-problems.tumblr.com/post/41164876708/1-the-venue-always-looks-scary-and-huge-at-first where someone asked them for advice on preparing for their first National Competition.  Take note – and Good Luck to those heading to the Canada Cup!

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The CSC’s (now Canada Cup) in Saskatoon November 2011 photo by Jay Scott

 

Tips for Attending National-Level Competitions

1) The venue always looks scary and huge at first compared to local *stuff*. Don’t be scared.
2) People will scream, people will act like hot sh*t, people will argue, people will do anything it takes to win. Do the same thing but be classy about it, okay? You want to scream after scoring a touch, scream. You think you won a point but the ref gives it to someone else, question the call POLITELY and don’t continue arguing once they explain their reasoning. You want to act like hot sh*t, go for it, be confident, but don’t forget to be nice as well! Shake your opponents hand, greet people in your pool, shake hands with the ref once the pool/DE is over. Confidence doesn’t translate into douchebaggery/a$$hole-ness (thats a word, now)

3) bring aLL OF YOUR WIRES AND BLADES AND LAMES AND JUST BRING EVERYTHING YOU OWN. chances are something’s not gonna pass equipment check.

4) If you’re travelling with your club, stick with your club. If you’re travelling alone, make friends as soon as possible.

5) Chances are you’re going to want to warm up with someone before you start. If you go up to a bunch of kids from the same club, depending on who they are, they might be weary to train with you. People don’t like practicing with people outside of their friends/club because they don’t want to give away too much of their techniques, It sounds mean, but stick with other people that are travelling alone. They’re looking for a warm up buddy too.

6) Don’t be intimidated. Don’t say you’re intimidated. Don’t act intimidated. Unless you have a white knight in your vicinity, people will assume you’re a noobie and thus an easy win.

7) Everyone here is in this to win. This is for fun, but this is also a national competition. Don’t assume people are here to make friends. Some people will lie and cheat. It sucks, but don’t succumb to that.

8) Don’t be upset if you get cut after pools. Sh*t happens.

9) If you don’t want people cheering for you because it’s distracting, tell them.

10) Eat something delicious afterwards. Do something really really fun. I don’t care if you finished last, you deserve it.

A First-Time Medal at Nationals

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Kirsten VanMarion in action at the CSC’s held November 2011 in Saskatoon, SK  Photo by Jay Scott

In January of 2012 Kirsten VanMarion, a young epeeist out of the Asquith Fencing Club, took a giant leap in her fencing development when she went to her first National tournament outside of Saskatchewan.  The competition was held in Montreal, QC  and Kirsten was competing in the U-15 event.

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Kirsten VanMarion CSC’s Saskatoon, Nov 2011 Photo by Jay Scott

As the day progressed Kirsten found herself doing very well in pooles, ranking high enough to get a bye into the first round of D.E. ‘s (Direct Eliminations), propelling her straight into Round 2.  A match, which at the end of time, saw Kirsten and her opponent evenly tied at 7-7 and needing to head into overtime.  Receiving priority, Kirsten was hoping to be able to stall long enough for time to simply run out, but a series of three to four doubles, had her battling just to stay even.  With less than 20 seconds on the clock, and with one foot off of the end of the piste, her opponent attacked.  Defending herself they scored another double, that did not register with her opponent.  Believing she had scored a single, she let out a scream of victory, and turned her back on Kirsten, a critical mistake that would cost her the match, leaving Kirsten the victor.

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Kirsten VanMarion CSC’s Saskatoon, Nov 2011. Photo by Jay Scott

“I was very relieved for it to be over,” says Kirsten.  “Since I was almost pushed off the end.  After the bout her coach came and congratulated me on a job well done and complimented me on a few of the things that I did.”

“I lost my next D.E. but luckily it wasn’t a total blow-out, I only lost by a couple points.”

At the end of the day, when all was said and done, Kirsten placed third, and received a Bronze medal, not only the first time she medalled beyond Saskatchewan’s borders, but also the first time she had ever medalled at a National level tournament.  An experience she won’t soon forget, especially as it all happened on the day of her 14th birthday.

Sadly, none of her teammates were able to witness her victory, as they had all headed to the airport to catch their flights back to Saskatchewan.  But just as she has been for nearly all of her bouts, her Mom Allison was there by her side and in her corner cheering her on to victory.  A victory made all that much sweeter, because it was her first.

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Kirsten VanMarion (far right in Asquith-red socks) won a bronze, her first National Medal at the CSC’s in Montreal in January of 2012.

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