Dynamo fencers dominate Canada Cup

By Don Fennell

Published 3:03 PST, Thu January 30, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

When Igor Gantsevich was growing up, he was the only male athlete from Western Canada to make the national fencing team.

Now, thanks in large part to his relentless efforts to advance the sport, Richmond’s Dynamo Fencing Club alone has more athletes on the team than the entire province of Quebec.

“It’s truly incredible what our athletes have achieved this season,” says Gantsevich, on the heels of local athletes returning from Gatineau last weekend with 21 medals and nine national championships.

As a result, Dynamo athletes—many of whom are coached by Gantsevich, who is also president of the club along with being the head coach of the off-shoot West Vancouver Premier Fencing Academy—now make up the most national team members of any club in the country.

“We won every single men’s epee category possible,” he notes. “And in U15, Cadet and Junior we won three of the possible four men’s medals in each category.”

The progression out west is a sharp contrast to when Gantsevich was on the national team. At that time, just over a decade ago, Quebec athletes dominated the sport in Canada.

Next weekend (Feb. 7 to 9) is the Vancouver World Cup at the Richmond Olympic Oval. It is the last qualifier to the Olympic Summer Games. 


Gold medals

Howard Zhao

Yao Rong 

Zakhar Vozovik

Kyle Lui 

Janet Chen

Christina Zozulya

Jerry Pan

Hao He Yu Hao          

Carolyn Granholm

Silver medals 

Darya Varfolomeyeva

Eric Pan 

Jack Pan 

Adam Wong 

Bronze medals

Jerry Pan (SMS

Howard Zhao

Michael Yao 

Kyle Lui 

Nicolas Zhang 

Hao He Yu 

Angelica Sun

Carolyn Granholm 

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