Canada sends 16 fencers to Kazan


June 21, 2013, Ottawa (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with the Canadian Fencing Federation, announced Friday the 16 student-athletes who will represent Canada in fencing at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

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This is the largest fencing contingent the country has sent to the world university games since 1993, when 25 Canadians crossed the border to compete in Buffalo.

The women’s roster heading to Kazan is comprised of Chantel Helwer of Moncton, N.B., Valérie Hogues of Montreal, Karis Langvand of Red Deer, Alta., Vivian Poon of Mississauga, Ont., and Aimée Schryer of Saskatoon.

Hogues, Langvand and Poon are entered in the epee tournament, while Helwer and Schryer will compete in the sabre and foil events, respectively.

On the men’s side, Kerr Hutchinson of Kingston, Ont., Marc-André Leblanc of Moncton, David Shorey of Vancouver and John Wright of Ottawa will battle in the epee tourney. Cédric Boutet of Laval, Que., Julien Hogues of Montreal and Paul Pietrusinski of North Vancouver are set to compete in the sabre, while Haig Basmadjian of Calgary, Scott Dudiak of Saskatoon, François Provencher of Ottawa and Jean-Marc Turk, also of Ottawa, will participate in the foil competition.

Rounding out the delegation are coach Patricia Howes from Royal Military College, as well as team leader and former Olympian Jacques Cardyn.

Leblanc is the only team member with previous Universiade experience (2005, 2009). The University of Ottawa student achieved one of the best international performances of his career last summer when he finished seventh at a World Cup event in Argentina and, along with Wright, helped the Canadian men win a silver medal in the team competition.

Many other members of the squad have also represented Canada on the national stage in recent years, including Shryer, who travelled to Hungary last February for a World Cup tournament.

Canadian fencers have captured two Universiade medals over the years, including a silver in the men’s team epee competition in 1987 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, and a third-place finish by Madeleine Philion in foil in 1983 in Edmonton.

The Kazan tourney is set for July 6 to 12.