Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with the Canadian Fencing Federation, announced the seven student-athletes who will represent Canada in fencing at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea. Rounding out the delegation is head coach and team manager Patricia Howes from Royal Military College, who was also Team Canada’s coach two years ago in Kazan.
The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries. The Universiade is open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.
Canadian fencers have captured two Universiade medals over the years, including silver in the men’s team epee competition in 1987 in Zagreb and a third-place finish by Madeleine Philion in foil in 1983 in Edmonton.
The Gwangju tourney is set for July 4 to 9.