Dynamo Fencing makes a global statement

Fencers turn in outstanding results in US and Europe

Dynamo Fencing Club has enjoyed some huge success at major international tournaments. 

Over 25 high performance athletes from the Richmond-based club, ranging from 14 to 20 years of age, competed earlier this month in France, Greece and the U.S.

The bulk of our athletes were competing at the North American Cup in Milwaukee. It is one of the largest and most prestigious global tournaments for the Y14, Y17 and Y20 age group around the world. 

Dynamo athletes came home with six medals and two more top 16 finishes — by far the most dominant club from Cana da and one of only a select few from around the world to have won a medal in all three fencing disciplines — Epee, Foil and Sabre. 

Highlighted resulted included Jack Pan capturing the Cadet Men’s Sabre event while Avery Townsend added a pair of bronze in Cadet and Junior Men’s Epee. 

Derek Rong rounded out the podium finish was another bronze in Cadet Men’s Epee. He also was a finalist in Junior Men’s Epee, along with Y14 Men’s Foil. Other top 16 finishers includedChristina Zozulya (Junior Women’s Epee) and Kyle Liu (U14 Men’s Epee)/

Aside from the successful results at the North American Cup, one of Dynamo’s youngest athletes on the international scene, Tamar Gordon, was the gold medalist at the French National Circuit event in Y17 Women’s Sabre. 

Gordon is currently studying on exchange in France and representing the club all over Europe. She also won the Israeli Open Championships last month as well.

Her older brother Shaul has been part of the Dynamo program since its humble beginnings in 1998. He is currently ranked in the top 20 in the world rankings and this past summer made the final at the World Championships. Shaul is also the number one qualifier in the Pan Am Zone for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Lastly, junior national team Men’s Epee fencers Fynn Fafard and Seraphim Jarov helped Canada secure a ninth place finish in Team Men’s Epee at a major World Cup event in Riga Latvia. They lost an extremely close match to the top team in the world ranking – Italy for the final. Jarov is coming off a very successful season where he made the final at the U20 World Championships and represented Canada at the 2019 Pan American Games.

The club would like to express its gratitude for the continued support by all of its partners in helping achieve its dream in being the top fencing club in North America. Specifically, the West Vancouver School Board for allowing top athletes to excel in academics and the sport through the amazing academy programs. This is the only program of its kind in Canada and allows Dynamo athletes to compete at the world level.

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