RELEASE — The Paladins will play host to the best fencers from across the province, when the Ontario Fencing Association (OFA) Championship is held at RMC on March 16-17.
“Hosting a major provincial event, like the Ontario Fencing Championships, gives RMC the opportunity to showcase our excellent facilities and organizational skills,” RMC head coach Patricia Howes said. “It provides our varsity athletes the chance to fence against the top competition in the province, many from the National team, to build their competitive experience.”
RMC is coming off another medal year, having achieved overall bronze at both the men’s and women’s OUA Championships in February.
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Sabre is the Paladins strongest weapon this year, with the men having won gold in the OUA team event. Gerson Zamor and Garrett Whelan are the RMC male athletes to watch heading into this weekend’s competition, while Haley Saulnier leads the women’s sabre team, which won bronze as a group at their OUA Championship.
Not restricted to just university athletes, the OFA Championship attracts the top fencers in the region, which has Howes limiting expectations.
“The goal for the two RMC varsity teams, having just completed their pinnacle event at their OUA Championships, is to reset their focus on making corrections technically and tactically, applying their full repertoire of skills and to build some Canadian Domestic Points for next season,” she said.
Domestic points help fencers move up the ranking in Canada, which helps them get better seeding at important tournaments.
This weekend’s event in the KMCSC marks the 40th anniversary of the OFA.