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.
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.
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.
A full roster of fencing athletes is included below.
For further information, please contact:
Laurence Bishop, OFA Executive Director
Ontario Summer Games Rosters