Coaches

Katya, Head Coach/Owner

  • First aid, CAC Safe Sport trained
  • 2 years experience at an Olympic club in NYC
  • NCCP Level 4 foil coach
  • Coached a member of the Canadian Women’s foil team that won the 1st gold medal at a World Cup event in Poland
  • Coached CAN National medalists and Quest for Gold recipients
  • Canadian National Champion, 2007
  • Competed in the USSR, Canada and internationally (1985-2009)

Katya’s fencing reel 

When people ask me why I fence, I tell them it is in my blood. My mom was an elite fencer and coach so fencing has been a part of my life since before I can remember. I was eight years old when I started fencing, and since then it’s been my passion. I traveled all over the former USSR, met lots of other fencers and made lasting friendships. I gained many medals through fencing, but more importantly, I gained the personality of a fighter and a passion for life. In my club I am focused on youth development, with a goal to raise high performance athletes. I help students to become better athletes and people by valuing challenge, passion, the will to achieve and team work.

Alecs, Foil Coach

  • First aid, CAC Safe Sport trained
  • Competed on Carleton U. and Brock U. varsity teams
  • Competed in 2008 World Championships in Acireale
  • Bronze Medal in 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse

I started fencing as a kid who wanted to learn how to use a sword 18 years ago. This turned into me making new friends and going with them and my dad to competitions. What kept me fencing for so many years was definitely: good friends, loving swords, travelling and striving to achieve goals!

Caroline, Assistant Foil Coach

  • First aid, CAC Safe Sport trained
  • Trained and competed at provincial and national events from 2008 to 2016
  • Queens University varsity member from 2016 to 2020

I started fencing when I was 11 as an after-school activity. I quickly grew to love the sport and began competing as often I could. I appreciated the fact that fencing was not only physical, but a mental sport that needed planning and strategy. Fencing gave me an opportunity to stay active, improve my skills, and meet some really cool people that I am still close with today!

Ryan, Fitness Trainer

  • CanFitpro certified
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Level 1 certified
  • More than 8 years of experience in working with young athletes, individual and groups

Ryan is a Toronto based certified trainer whose focus is training for functional movement, aligning athletes’ fitness goals a balanced approach to health and well-being.  Ryan’s training philosophy boils down to core concepts surrounding the quality of one’s own movement by examining the starting foundations of the client first, to better understand the work required for the client to achieve their fitness goals. In this way, Ryan seeks to guide his clients towards gaining a greater sense of self through movement.  In building a solid, intuitive base, the expanded limits of the body can be tested: in any art form, any discipline, any sport, and in any way the individual wishes to express themselves through movement.