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OFA Launches 2018 High Performance Development Program

The Ontario Fencing Association is launching its second High Performance Development Program (HPDP) for 2018. Aimed at the Train to Train, Train to Compete and Train to Win categories, the program's goal is to offer high level training opportunities to fencers everywhere in the province.

The program consists of the same pattern compared to last year’s program but with a bit more training camps. A minimum of four clinics (around two hours each), each held in conjunction with a competition will be organized. As for the training camps, we are trying to run a three-weapon training camp and one for each weapon. Each of the three Weapon Coordinators will be in charge to planning the training camps and the follow-up with the athletes. The clinics will focus on essential aspects of training that we, as athletes, often overlook during routine of training. Participants will have access to knowledge and mentorship; as well as mental preparation, planning, nutrition, fitness, injury and prevention, in addition to fencing tactics and training. The goal is to give the participants everything they need to complete all aspect of their training at home.

Quest For Gold

Once the Quest for Gold program is officially accepted by the ministry and as per our guidelines, athletes must register for the HPDP program in order to be eligible for Quest For Gold funding. Two of the four clinics plus the training camps are mandatory for Quest For Gold Funding. Athletes will have to provide acceptable reason to the HPDP coordinator in order to miss the events and still be eligible for Quest For Gold.


Four clinics have been planned for the 2017-2018 season.

Clinic #1 will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 after the completion of events at the Vango Toronto Winter Open.  Details are as follows:

Title: Strength and Conditioning for Fencing - Building a Better Athlete

Location: Vango Toronto Fencing Center

Presenter: Nader Abdelkader, BSc, DC, FRCCSS

Topics Covered:

  • What is it and why is it important?
  • What should fencers focus on?
  • Common tips and tricks from novice to elite training
  • Dispelling myths and practicing evidence-based sports science
  • Practical Component: how to correctly execute squats/deadlifts/pushups; strenghtening "the core"\

Clinic #2 will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 after the completion of events at the Ottawa Shield.  Details are as follows:

Title: ATP (Annual Training Plan) 101

Location: TBD

Presenter: Paul Apsimon, ChPC, Canadian Women's Foil Team Coach

Topics Covered:

  • What is an ATP? Why do I need one?
  • How to create an ATP from Scratch
  • Explaining components within an ATP
  • Evaluating and adapting ATPs from season to season

Clinic #3 will be held on Saturday,March 10, 2018 in the Athletic Centre Field House at the University of Toronto (Ontario Provincial Championships).  Details are as follows:

Title: Mental Preparation

Location: Meet at the Directoire Technique at 4:45pm

Presenter: Rolf Wagschal

Clinic #4 will be held during the 3-Weapon Training Camp (VGO, April 28-29).  Details will be posted as they become available, please check back here for more details!  The OFA would love your input towards the clinics YOU would like to have. Please don’t hesitate to contact Maxime Brinck-Croteau (max_bc@fencingontario.ca) to provide us with your ideas.

Coaches, parents and non-fencers are encouraged to participate in all clinics. We strongly urge OWG 2018 athletes to register. OSG coaches will be available during the season and at some of the clinics and camps.  Videos of these clinics will also be availble to those who cannot physically attend but have registered online.

Training camps:

Our plan is to have one 3-weapons training camp similar to last year and add one more training camp for each weapon. The Weapon Coordinators will be in charge or organizing and running these camps. All the training camps will be strategically schedule during the season to provide the best preparation possible for the athletes.

All personal coaches are encouraged to participate to the training camps.

HPDP Sabre Training Camp:  March 3-4, UTO.  Please see the EVENT PAGE for details.

HPDP Foil Training Camp: March 17-18, TFC.  Please see the EVENT PAGE for details.

HPDP Epee Training Camp: March 24-25, VGO.  Please see the EVENT PAGE for details.

3-Weapon Training Camp: April 28-29, VGO.  Please see the EVENT PAGE for details.


Full program (mandatory for Quest For Gold eligibility) – $300 (increased of $50 compared to last year because we added one more training camp)

Includes access to all clinics + training camps. (training camps + 2 clinics are mandatory for QFG)

À la carte options:

Cost per clinic: $20

Cost per training camp: $200

Please follow THIS LINK to register.

For more information:

Maxime Brinck-Croteau (max_bc@fencingontario.ca), 2016 Rio Olympian and HPDP coordinator, will be available for anyone with questions or concern regarding any subject related to the HPDP program. With 20 years of experience in fencing, it's a great resource of advice that the next generation can benefit from.

For a PDF version of this document, please download it here.