Strong Start for Boisvert-Simard
Fencer Hugues Boisvert-Simard (Quebec, QC) finished in 19th place in Individual Epee this past weekend in the FIE World Cup in Tallin, Estonia.
“It was my first World Cup of the season so I am quite happy, and it is my best result from the past year. The season is starting well for me,” said Boisvert-Simard, who is currently ranked 58th in the FIE rankings.
After winning all five of his pool matches, Boisvert-Simard qualified directly to the main draw.
In his first match on Saturday, he defeated Isralian Ariel Drizin by a score of 15-9. Boisvert-Simard then lost to Estonian Nikolai Novosjolov, currently ranked 15th in the world, by a score of 15-10. “Because he is competing at home, the crowd cheered every time he scored a point, but it was dead silent when I scored which made a great contrast,” laughed Boisvert-Simard.
“My coach and I established a game plan to counter his style, which worked at first and I took a 3-2 lead, but he slowly scored a few points and took the lead back. I tried to hustle a bit in the second period to put him on the defensive, but it just widened the gap further,” noted Boisvert-Simard.
“He was injured last year, but still managed to end the year with a good ranking. He is also a two-time World Champion so it was encouraging for me to be able to come out strong against him in the first period,” concluded Boisvert-Simard who will be back in action in the beginning of December in the Doha Grand Prix in Qatar.
In team competition, Boisvert-Simard, Maxime Brinck-Croteau (Gatineau, QC), Jean Lelion (Montreal, QC) and Leland Guillemin (Saskatoon, SK) lost their first match to the Americans 45-34 to finish in 22nd position.
The women’s epee team were also in World Cup action in China with the women’s team finishing 17th in the team competition. Competing for Canada were Louise Fournier (Montreal, QC), Leonora MacKinnon (England), and Vanessa Lacas-Warrick (Chelsea, QC).