Alanna Goldie Wins First Women’s Gold in Foil at Junior World Cup of Fencing
It was a great weekend of fencing for Canadian women’s foil athletes at the Junior World Cup in Leszno, Poland, December 15, 2012. Alanna Goldie from Calgary, Alberta won Canada’s first ever gold medal in women’s foil at a Junior World Cup event earning top spot by defeating Russian Viktoria Alexeeva in the final. Two other Russian athletes reached the podium finishing tied for third. Eleanor Harvey from Hamilton, Ontario also had a great day, finishing 6th in the same event.
“I am super happy,” stated Goldie after earning the gold medal. “I am still in a bit of shock and the win feels unreal. I could not have done this without the help of my team cheering me on and my coaches – Elya Perritt of Gladiator’s Fencing Club, Mike Pedersen of Golden Gate Fencing, and most of all I dedicate my win to the memory of my fencing master Leslie Palmai.”
The future looks bright in Canadian women’s foil. Both Harvey and Goldie started the season strong with podium and top 8 performances in the North American Cup event in Virginia in November. Goldie’s win on the weekend moves her to 8th place in the FIE World Junior Rankings with a lot of fencing still to go in the season.
For additional information, please contact:
Caroline Sharp, Executive Director, Canadian Fencing Federation