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OFA Announces Rosters and Coaching Staff for Ontario Summer Games


Posted on July 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM



Ontario Fencing Association Announces Coaching Staff for Ontario Summer Games

OFA Nominates 65 Athletes to Participate in Mississauga Games, August 11 to 14

OFA, July 26, 2016: The Ontario Fencing Association (OFA), is pleased to announce the coaching staff for the upcoming Ontario Summer Games to be held in Mississauga, August 11 to 14.

“The OFA is planning a comprehensive program for our fencers during the Games”, declared OFA President, Lucie Hamelin.  “We have an impressive coaching staff assembled for the event, whose goal it will be to help prepare and mentor our 65 qualified and registered athletes in their participation. We’re excited about what they can offer.”

Mississauga is ready to welcome more than 3,500 athletes, ages 12 to 18, along with 500 officials, 700 coaches and managers as well as spectators from across the province. There are a total of 34 sport events taking place over four days throughout Mississauga and surrounding municipalities such as Brampton, Caledon, Etobicoke, Innisfil and Welland.

The fencing competitions at the Summer Games include qualified male and female athletes in all three weapons (Epee, Foil and Sabre) in both the Cadet (U17) and Under 15 age categories.

The female team consists of 31 athletes and will be led by head coach Katya Belkina and assisted by Monique Kavelaars.

Katya Belkina
Female Team Head Coach

    

Monique Kavelaars
Female Team 
?Assistant Coach

Belkina is owner and operator of My Fencing Club in Toronto, whose focus is on youth development, with a goal to raise high performance athletes to compete in Canadian and international competitions. A former high performance athlete, Belkina has trained and competed with Team Canada for World Cup events and coached a member of the Canadian Women’s foil team that won the first gold medal at a World Cup event (Poland 2012).  For the past three years she has worked with high performance athletes and coaches at Provincial and National training camps as well as coached at the Canadian and US Nationals, Junior World Cups and previous Summer Games.

Kavelaars has a background in Sports Psychology and is a former fencer who competed for 15 years at an elite level representing Canada at Olympic and Pan Am Games. Since retiring from fencing, Kavelaars had been living in Sweden, working within the professional Sports environment as a High Performance Coordinator, developing new testing standards and working individually with athletes who were selected for the Swedish national team. Returning to Canada last year, Kavelaars has been working with Peter Ho at the Toronto Fencing Club, as a physical trainer with club athletes.

The male team consists of 34 athletes and will be led by head coach Jason Munro and assisted by Marc-André LeBlanc.

   

Jason Munro
Male Team Head Coach

Marc-André LeBlanc
Male Team 
?Assistant Coach

Munro was last season’s OUA Coach of the Year, his first year as Head Coach at York University. He is also the current Head Coach and President of Bluffs Fencing Studio in Scarborough. Prior to coaching, he spent 16 years as a competitive fencer in Ontario.

LeBlanc is currently a Coach and the Assistant Director of Coaching at Vango Toronto Fencing Centre. Originally from New Brunswick, LeBlanc has also held various coaching roles with the University Ottawa, Ottawa Fencing, Moncton Fencing Club and Fencing Escrime New Brunswick. He has been coaching in Ontario for 10 years, working closely with athletes on technique, fitness, and written training plans.

The 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga is brought to you by the Province of Ontario, the City of Mississauga and Tourism Toronto. For a detailed list of competitions, locations, news and updates about the Games, visit: osgmississauga.ca. Follow the Ontario Summer Games on Twitter and use the hashtag #Bringithome.

For more information on the OFA, visit www.fencingontario.ca and follow all the fencing competitions at the Summer Games on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OntarioFencing

A full roster of fencing athletes is included below.

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For further information, please contact:       

Laurence Bishop, OFA Executive Director
(519) 496-0613 or l.bishop@fencingontario.ca 

Ontario Summer Games Rosters

Female Team

Katya Belkina Toronto Head Coach
Monique Kavelaars Burlington Assistant Coach
Rachel Gilham Milton Cadet Epee
Evelyn Zheng Toronto Cadet Epee
Olga Nova Mississauga Cadet Epee
Linda Liu North York Cadet Epee
Kira Belaoussoff Toronto Cadet Epee
Anna Maria Mucsi Toronto Cadet Epee
Cindy Ma  Toronto  U15 Epee
Hannah Draper Ottawa U15 Epee
Sarah Nolasque Oakville U15 Epee
Laura Mykhalchenko Georgetown U15 Epee
Evangeline Dryburgh Marmra Cadet Foil
Erika Dominguez Oakville Cadet Foil
Annie Lin Richmond Hill Cadet Foil
Serena Fang Toronto Cadet Foil
Isabella Ravenne Sabatini Stratford Cadet Foil
Corinne Balot Toronto Cadet Foil
Miriam Tam Toronto U15 Foil
Yiling Yang North York U15 Foil
Caroline Placko Toronto U15 Foil
Genevieve Bessette Navan U15 Foil
Catherine Koziarz Fonthill U15 Foil
Stefania Haase Toronto Cadet Sabre
Esther Falkson Kingston Cadet Sabre
Nandana Parakh Niagara Falls Cadet Sabre
Nadia Fernandez  Mississauga Cadet Sabre
Astrid Chandler Toronto Cadet Sabre
Chloe Cyr Hamilton U15 Sabre
Lizzie Alam Toronto U15 Sabre
Ariane Mayrand Nicol Inverary U15 Sabre
Caroline Whitehead Kingston U15 Sabre
Gorczyca-Rancourt Kingston U15 Sabre

Male Team

Jason Munro Scarborough Head Coach
Marc-André LeBlanc Markham Assistant Coach
Nathaniel Stokan London Cadet Epee
Jon Costa Woodbridge Cadet Epee
Alexander Zwegers Mississauga Cadet Epee
D.J. Holtz Kingston Cadet Epee
Jake Gouchie-Provencher  Markham  Cadet Epee
Chengming Jacky Jia Richmond Hill Cadet Epee
Colin McCurdy Oshawa U15 Epee
Benedek Szabo Toronto U15 Epee
Jason Li Markham U15 Epee
Alexander Androsyuk Etobicoke U15 Epee
Ted Vinnitchouk Thornhill U15 Epee
Aidan Macro Reaboro Cadet Foil
Gareth Marks Stratford Cadet Foil
Jiaqi Cheng Thornhill Cadet Foil
Craig Humphrey Baden Cadet Foil
Darren Dong Mississauga Cadet Foil
Kingsley Guo Markham Cadet Foil
Michael Sun Richmond Hill U15 Foil
Ethan Haines Oakville U15 Foil
Matthew Sun Richmond Hill U15 Foil
Niki Holland Exeter U15 Foil
Finn Gilchrist Orleans  U15 Foil
Burke Willson Milton Cadet Sabre
Aaron Olmstead Kingston Cadet Sabre
Drake Johnson Lansdowne Cadet Sabre
Hugo Clements Belleville Cadet Sabre
Ben Hueglin Kingston Cadet Sabre
Angus McFadden Belleville Cadet Sabre
Fabian van der Merwe Kingston U15 Sabre
Noah Jewell Granton U15 Sabre
Pranav Parakh Niagara Falls U15 Sabre
James Kasunic Acton U15 Sabre
Chase Helpard Kingston U15 Sabre
Karl Stang St Catharines U15 Sabre



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