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OFA Launches 2017 High Performance Development Program

The Ontario Fencing Association is proud to announce its 2017 High Performance Development Program (HPDP). 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 four clinics (around two hours each), each held in conjunction with a competition, and one training camp. 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

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 camp are mandatory.

The program is also open to all fencers in Ontario. We strongly urge OSG 2016 athletes to register. OSG coaches will be available at the clinics and camp.


Unless otherwise stated, all clinics will be on Saturdays, beginning after the last event of the day. Please check back here for precise times as they become available.

Clinic 1: January 21, 6pm, Ottawa Shield (Ottawa) competition.  Run by Paul Apsimon with a focus on the annual training plan and preparation in advance of major competitions.

Clinic 2*: February 4-5 during the Vango Winter Open (Markham) competition. Run by specialists from CSIO with a focus on proper nutrition and mental preoaration. 
Clinic Documents: Psychology of Fencing | Mental Prep | Finding the Right Balance | Meal Planning | Nutrition for Fencing.

Clinic 3*: March 4th, 4:00pm at the Ontario Provincial Championships
3-1: 4pm session: Injury prevention, stretching and biomechanics with Nader Abdelkader, current student at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and long-time fencer
Clinc Documents: Fencing Injuries
3-2: Drop-in session: Program details (QFG/HPDP/HPP/OFA/CFF/FIE) and equipment repair 101 will be available throughout the day on Saturday, run by HPDP Technical Director Maxime Brinck-Croteau

Clinic 4: April 21, 5pm at the Canadian National Championships, location TBA.
Run by François Raymond, strength and conditioning coach for fencing at the INS in Montréal (Sport National Institute) with a focus on Physical Preparation.

Coaches, parents and non-fencers are encouraged to participate in all clinics. Clinics marked with an * are geared for both parents and athletes.

Training camp: March 25-26 (Kingston)

All coaches are encouraged to participate to the training camp.

Confirmed Coaches:
Paul Apsimon: National Women's Foil Coach
David Howes: National Women's Epee Coach
YaoJiang Huang: Two-time Olympian, Axis Fencing Club Head Coach
Alice Lu: Regional Foild Development Coach
Patricia Howes: Former National Women's Sabre Coach

Host Hotel:
Confederation Place Hotel
237 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON

Please quote "Ontario Fencing Association" for a rate of $104/night including wifi and breakfast.


Full program (mandatory for Quest For Gold eligibility) – $250
Includes access to all 4 clinics + training camp. (training camp + 2 clinics are mandatory for QFG)

Separate Attedance options:

Cost per clinic: $40
Training camp: $250

Attention OSG 2016 participants: OSG coaches will be available at the Markham and Provincials clinics to review your training goals/plans and answer questions.

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.