Kingston Fencing Club Members do well at the Vango Open, an Ontario Summer Games Qualifying Tournament. April 2nd – 3rd, 2016
On Day One of the Vango Tournament in Toronto both Kingston Fencing Club members garnered medals. In Women’s Cadet (U17) Sabre Esther Falkson brought home a Silver medal for her effort while teammate Ben Hueglin won a Bronze medal in the Men’s Cadet (U17) sabre. Day Two of the tournament today (Sunday) will see a number of our Y12 & Y14 sabre fencers participating in another Ontario Summer Games qualifying event. Well done Esther and Ben considering that they both still qualify for the Y14 event also!!!
On Day Two of the Vango Tournament in Toronto three Kingston Fencing Club members garnered medals. In Men’s Y14 (U15) Sabre Ben Hueglin brought home a Gold medal, his second of the tournament while teammates Dante Law and Chase Helpard garnered a Silver and a Bronze medal respectively in the Boys Y12 Sabre event. It was a most memorable experience for Ben to both fence on the raised finals piste and to be presented his Gold medal by his father Dave who was celebrating his 50th birthday!
Overall, Club members brought home 1-Gold, 2-Silver & 2-Bronzes and posted some strong individual performances.
Kingston Fencing Clubs Members do well at Ontario Provincial Fencing Championships
Kingston Fencing Club Members did well at the Ontario Fencing Championships hosted by the Toronto Fencing Club at Durham College (Oshawa) this past weekend. In Junior Men’s Sabre (U21) 15 year old Aaron Olmstead (Kingston) brought home a Gold medal and becomes the provincial champion in this event . In Junior Women Sabre (U21) and Women’s Y14 Sabre Esther Falkson (Kingston) brought home a Bronze medal in each of the events. In Boys Y14 and Y12 Sabre, 12 year old Fabian van de Merwe (Kingston) brought home a pair of Gold medals, and becomes the Provincial champion in both of these events, while 10 year old Chase Helpard (Kingston) brought home a Silver and 9 year old Dante Law (Kingston) brought home a Bronze medal in the Y12 Boys Youth Sabre event. In Girls Youth Y12 Sabre event 11 year old Quintyn Zuber (Kingston) brought home a Gold medal and becomes the provincial champion in this event, while 10 year old Emily Gorczyca-Rancourt (Kingston) brought home a Bronze medal in the same event. Total medal count for Kingston Fencing Club fencers was 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze.
Eastern Canadian Championship Results for members of the Kingston Fencing Club
Three fencers from the Kingston Fencing Club garnered medals at the Eastern Canadian Championships held this past weekend in Sherbrooke, Quebec. On Saturday, May 2nd 15 year old Aaron Olmstead (Kingston) won a bronze medal in Senior Men’s Sabre (21 years + age category). On Sunday, May 3rd Esther Falkson (Kingston) and Megan Gorczyca-Rancourt (Kingston) won a silver and bronze medal respectively in Women’s Cadet (U17) Sabre. All three fencers have qualified for the Canadian National Fencing Championships to be held in Richmond B.C. the weekend of May 15th –18th.
Kingston Fencing Club Members Win Nearly Half of The Sabre Medals at the 2016 Ontario Summer Games.
Mississauga, ON: Athletes from the Kingston Fencing Club won a total of 7 medals at the 2016 Ontario Summer Games in the individual event component: 2 Gold, 2 Silver & 3 Bronze out of a possible 16 medals which could be won in both the men’s and women’s events. In the team event, Club members won two bronze medals out of a possible 6 medals which could be won in this event
Leading the individual medal count was Esther Falkson (Kingston) with a Gold medal win in Cadet Women’s Sabre and a Silver medal in U15 Women’s Sabre. On the men’s side Aaron Olmstead (Kingston) defended his 2014 gold medal win with a second consecutive Gold medal win in Cadet Men’s Sabre over teammate Drake Johnson (Lansdowne) who brought home the Silver medal in this event. Three Bronze medals were won by Ariane Mayrand Nicol (Inverary) in Cadet Women’s Sabre while Ben Hueglin (Kingston) and teammate Fabian van der Merwe (Kingston) each medaled in Men’s U15 Sabre event.
With a Bronze medal win by Caroline Whitehead (Cutting Edge Fencing Club) Kingston in Women’s U15 Sabre, and a Bronze medal in Men’s Cadet Sabre by Hugo Clements (Loyalist Fencing Club, Belleville) fencers from the Kingston and surrounding areas won over half of the sabre medals at the Games.
In the combined team event fencers were seeded on a three person team based on their individual results on Saturday. Using the Italian system of one fencer from each weapon (Epee, Foil & Sabre) seeded onto a team they fenced to a total of 15 points rather than 45 points which is a normal team event total. Esther Falkson brought home a Bronze medal for her efforts on the women’s side, while Aaron Olmstead won a Bronze medal on the men’s side.
The final DE’s were very exciting to watch as our two male sabre titans (Aaron Olmstead & Drake Johnson) went head to head in a very fast and furious match which was eventually won by Aaron. On the women’s side, Esther Falkson, smarting from her loss in the Women’s U15 Sabre gold medal event pulled up her socks and spanked royally her opponent, who had won the gold medal earlier in the U15 event, to take home the gold medal in this event. With this said, perhaps the most exciting bout was nearly biblical in nature as 4 foot something Chase Helpard took on 6 foot plus Burke Willson (Milton, ON) in a very exciting sabre DE. Willson, an honorary Kingston Fencing Club who periodically comes to Kingston to train with our group, was taken aback by Helpard’s tenacity and was down by the first half. However, once the dust settled Willson had regained the lead and eventually won the match 15-9.
Our athletes trained very hard for the Summer Games, and their final results certainly showed that their hard work and dedication paid off.
The next Ontario Summer Games will be held in London, Ontario in 2018.
Photos of the Games can be found on our Kingston Facebook Page.