Canada’s Top Fencers to Compete at the 2019 Senior World Championships in Budapest

By Caroline Sharp July 11, 2019

Canada’s top fencers will be competing at the 2019 Senior World Fencing Championships in Budapest, Hungary from July 15-23, 2019.  The 2019 World Championships are an important part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification process for fencing.  Canada recently hosted the Senior Pan American Fencing Championships in Toronto, an Olympic zone qualification event, and came away with a total of 10 medals.

Canada’s team in Budapest will consist of 27 of its top fencers from across Canada who have qualified and been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 Senior World Championships in Individual and/or team events:

Women’s Epee

Leonora Mackinnon (Newbury, UK) – Individual & Team

Malinka Hoppe Montanaro (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Alexanne Verret (Quebec, QC) – Individual & Team

Kay Sze (Vancouver, BC) – Individual

Ariane Leonard (St-Lambert, QC) – Team


Coach – Georges Karam (Paris, France)


Women’s Foil

Jessica Guo (Toronto, ON) – Individual & Team

Eleanor Harvey (Hamilton, ON) – Individual & Team

Alanna Goldie (Calgary, AB) – Individual & Team

Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa, ON) – Individual & Team


Coaches – Paul ApSimon (Ottawa, ON), Yoann Lebrun (Toronto, ON), Mike Pederson (San Francisco, CA)


Women’s Sabre

Marissa Ponich (Edmonton, AB) – Individual & Team

Gabriella Page (Blainville, QC) – Individual & Team

Pamela Brind’amour (Ste-Martine, QC) – Individual & Team

Madison Thurgood (Edmonton, AB) – Individual & Team


Coach – Gilbert Gelinas (Blainville, QC)


Men’s Epee

Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

John Wright (Ottawa, ON) – Individual & Team

Maxime Brinck-Croteau (Markham, ON) – Individual

Seraphim Hsieh Jarov (Surrey, BC) – Individual & Team

Dylan French (Richmond, BC)- Team


Coach – Victor Gantsevich (Richmond, BC)


Men’s Foil

Maximilien Van Haaster (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Eli Schenkel (Los Angeles, CA) – Individual & Team

Blake Broszus (San Jose, CA) – Individual & Team

Misha Sweet (Winnipeg, MB) – Individual

Alex Cai (Brampton, ON) – Team


Coach – Julien Camus (Drummondville, QC)


Men’s Sabre

Shaul Gordon (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Joseph Polossifakis (Montreal, QC) – Individual & Team

Fares Arfa (Laval, QC) – Individual & Team

Marc Gelinas (Blainville, QC) – Individual & Team


Coach – Jean-Marie Banos (Montreal, QC)


Team Manager/High Performance Director – Benjamin Manano

Team Captain/Head of Delegation – Manuel Belmonte

Team Canada Medical – Nader Abdelkader & Tony Revitt

FIE Medical Commission Delegate – Lisa Huzel (Toronto, ON)

Referee – Pascal Cantin (Montreal, QC)


The full schedule and details can be found on the event website at:

The event will also feature live results and streaming, with links accessed through the event website or through the FIE’s webpage at


For more information, please contact Caroline Sharp,, (613)323-5605.