Based around the traditional skills of swordsmanship, fencing is a sport with deep history. It has been on the Canada Games program multiple times, taking place from 1995 until 2003, with an appearance in 2013, and has now returned to the program for the PEI 2023 Games.
Fencing made its first appearance on Tuesday, where Team Alberta’s Leon Wujastyk captured the first gold medal for male fencing at the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island.
Wujastyk earned gold by defeating Adrian Wong of Team B.C. in the mail foil individual round of competition. Spencer Orr of Team Ontario and Mingxuan Shen of Team Quebec tied for the bronze.
Speaking to Wujastyk after his win, his supporters certainly made their presence felt Tuesday, cheering loudly for every point he earned against his competition. “I do this quite a lot and I‘ve had people supporting me all the way through.”
Wujastyk said he’s now looking forward to the team competition on Friday.
“Personally I think I’ll do good and I hope the same for my team. They still have individual events and then it’s the team event and I hope to do just as good with them.”
In the meantime, Wujastyk said he plans to get out there and help his other teammates warm up and get them in the right mood for their competition. “I’m going to cheer as loud for them as I can.”
On the same day, Elaine Hong of Team Ontario captured gold in the female épée individual event.
Hong defeated Cheryl Cheung of Team Manitoba who took home the silver medal.
Once again there was a tie for the bronze medal with Veronica Scherk of Team BC and Claire Han of Team New Brunswick sharing that honour.
Hong indicated following her win that she didn’t really have strong feelings about it.
“It’s a regular day and I did my best. I just focus on each touch and try not to think about anything else.”
Hong has a team event on the weekend. Between now and then she hopes to get a little bit of rest and enjoy her time at the Games.
Fencing resumes at the Games Wednesday with competition in the female foil and male sabre events. Female sabre and male épée will take place on Thursday. The team events takes place on Friday.
After 16 incredible days, the 29th edition of the Canada Games will officially conclude tonight with the Closing Ceremony from Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown at 7:30 PM AST.
There have been records smashed and countless debuts made by athletes here at the 2023 Canada Games, but yesterday, history was made when female boxing got underway on P.E.I.
Curling in Canada is rich in history, with the first curling club established in Montreal in 1807. This morning, 216 years later, another first in Canadian curling history took place as Mixed Doubles Curling made its Canada Games debut at the Montague Curling Club.
Women’s hockey at the Canada Games returns to P.E.I. where it made its original debut in 1991. In the tournaments since then, numerous Canadian hockey idols have laced up and begun their glorious careers at the Canada Games.
In just six contests this Winter Games, McKenna recorded 29 points including 14 goals, smashing a Canada Games record that stood for 28 years. The previous record for points in a tournament was 27, set by Francois Methot of Quebec in 1995 and tied by Kelsey Tessier of New Brunswick in 2007.
With the PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games officially underway, the Canada Games Council (CGC) and the 2023 Host Society are thrilled to celebrate the nation’s top young athletes and their families and friends with the launch of Canada Games House, presented by Canadian Tire.
Let the Games begin! Reminiscent of an Island kitchen party, the athletes were all smiles and a capacity crowd was brought to its feet during the Opening Ceremony of the PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games.
After many years of planning, the town of North Rustico reached a historic milestone today with the opening of Eliyahu Wellness Centre at Canada Games Place.
The PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games Host Society is ready to give a warm Maritime welcome to over 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches as they descend on PEI’s friendly shores for the 29th edition of the Canada Games.
It’s only fitting that boxing occurred during Week Two of this year’s Canada Winter Games, coinciding with Women’s History Month, which runs the month of March.
Team Alberta’s figure skater, Lia Cho, is this year’s youngest athlete at Canada Winter Games. She is only 10 years old and stands just over four rulers high.
For the first time in Canada Games history, medals will be awarded in mixed doubles curling. The event made its historic debut this week at the Montague Curling Club.
On day 13 of the 2023 Canada Winter Games, the host province, Prince Edward Island, landed on the podium for the first time. Lucas Macdonald of Stratford, claimed the silver medal in the Men’s +81 kg Judo division Thursday afternoon.
Chants of “Novaaa Scotiaaa” echoed throughout Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre in Charlottetown as proud fans watched Ritu Shah and Thomas Ashton add two silver medals to Team Nova Scotia’s growing medal count.
When people speak of the legacy of the 2023 Canada Winter Games the conversation usually focuses on two things, the lifelong memories people take away from the Games and the new sports facilities the Games leave behind.
At the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta’s Evelyn Beaton took home a gold medal for the individual female - 44 kg Judo division.
Sport and competition often draw metaphoric comparisons to life. For PEI’s Crawford family, it’s remarkable how a sport with a tiny target has brought life’s bigger picture into clear view.Sport and competition often draw metaphoric comparisons to life. For PEI’s Crawford family, it’s remarkable how a sport with a tiny target has brought life’s bigger picture into clear view.
Sporting bright green and blue uniforms, the PEI 2023 volunteers are a dedicated and committed group, intent on making sure the Games provide the best possible experience for the young athletes representing their respective provinces and territories.