Henk Pardoel – Head Coach
Henk Pardoel started his coaching certification at the University of Alberta Fencing Club in 1981. He moved back to Kingston, his hometown, in the Fall of 1990 and started as an assistant coach to Dr. English at Queen’s University and at the Royal Military College (RMC). From 1990 to 1994 Henk was both a student-athlete and player-coach. With the retirement of Coach English in 1996 he assumed the role of Head Varsity Fencing Coach at Queen’s, and he remained as an assistant coach to Michael McDonnell at the Royal Military College, who had taken over the head coaching position from Dr. English. When Coach McDonnell transferred jobs in January 1999, Henk became the Head Coach for both the RMC and Queen’s Interuniversity fencing teams. He retired as Head Coach of the RMC team in 2001. In the summer of 2004, after a number of successful championship title wins, he stepped down as the Head Coach of the Queen’s team. As the Head Coach of the Kingston Fencing Club since 2002, and as an athlete/coach since 1981, Coach Henk is going into his 40 year of involvement with the sport of fencing.
Luigi Burgato – Assistant Coach
Bio to follow shortly
Assistant Coaches have completed the Ontario Fencing Association Community Instructor Certificate Level 1.
All coaches undergo a criminal background check.
Shellane Helpard – Assistant Coach
Bio to Follow shortly.
Chase Helpard – Assistant Junior Coach
Bio to Follow shortly.
Tammy Everett – Certified Fight Instructor
Tammy Everett is a certified Fight Instructor with FDC. She is a singer, actor, actor-combatant and martial artist who has performed in Canada, the USA, and Europe working in theatre, music theatre, film, television, and recording studios. Her work as a martial arts instructor has fostered a strong understanding of the body, and a passion for helping students grow safely past their original expectations of their physical abilities, while her work on trauma and the actor roots her practices firmly in creating spaces where actors can explore their characters, and the work safely mentally and emotionally, as well as physically.
Kevin Robinson – Certified Fight Instructor
Kevin Robinson is a graduate of the Sheridan College/University of Toronto joint Theatre and Drama Specialist program. He is also a certified Fight Instructor with Fight Directors Canada; a Stunt Coordinator; and a founding member of the internationally award winning stunt team Riot A.C.T. Fight Directing Credits include Evil Dead: The Musical (North American Tour-Starvox Productions), Cannibal: The Musical (North American Tour-Starvox Productions), Night of the Living Dead Live (Nictophobia Films), Cymbaline (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Pirates of Penzance (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), The Tempest (Theatre by the Bay). Stunt Coordinator credits include Curious and Unusual Deaths (The Discovery Channel), Close Encounters (The Discovery Channel), Fire Girls (Think Feel West LLC), Afraid of Heights (Reactiv), Assault & Rescue (Frantic Films), Mystic (IRN Films). He has taught at Humber College, Sheridan College, The Randolph Academy, University of Toronto, Redeemer College, and is a resident instructor at Rapier Wit.