Kara Grant will be at Stratford Town Hall this Saturday for a Pancake breakfast in association with 2010 Vancouver Winter Olypmic Torch Relay.
Kara Grant will be writing a web blog during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. You can read it here.


Kara Grant earned a Bronze at Pentathalon Nationals in Vancouver and came in 6th with teammate at the Worlds in London.

Nathan Comeau
is going to the Carl Schwende Junior World Cup to be held in Montrreal.

UPEIFC held it's first introductory kids (9 to 12) fencing camp this summer. Lothar Zimmermann, Phil Stewart and Katie Ross showed kids the basics of foil fencing. We did a lot of fencing games too. Hopefully these future fencers will join the club and go far like some of our past and present atheltes.

CSC 1 Senior/Cadet/Junior National Results 09Saskatoon, Sk.
Nathan Comeau: Men's Epee:
Cadet: 12/30
Junior: 17/31
Senior: 24/29

Kara Grant:
Senior Women's Epee: 11/23

NS Provincials 09: Team PEI earns 6 Medals!!

Nathan Comeau -- Silver in the Under 17 Epee and Bronze in the Under 20 Epee
Reid Ling -- Silver in the Open Sabre and Gold in the Under 20 Sabre
Max MacAskill -- Bronze in the Under 20 and Under 17 Sabre.

PEI Provincials 09 Results:
Open Foil:
1. Reid Ling -- Frank Zimmermann Foil Trophy – 4th time
2. Brett Cheverie
3. Nathan Comeau

Under 16 Foil:
1. Steve McGrath
2. Logan Doyle
3. Spencer McGregor
4. Parker MacDonald

Open Epee:
1. Nathan Comeau -- Wins "The Belt" Epee Trophy – 3rd Time
2. Reid Ling
3. Alexis Bulman --- Wins the Exton Bulman Memorial Epee Trophy

Open Sabre:
1. Reid Ling – 4th time Winner of the Dr. Bela Borsos Sabre Trophy
2. Max MacAskill
3. Luke McDearmid

Past Provincial Champions can be seen here.

Under 12:
1) Gavin Kerr
2) Ian Kerr
3) Ben Triantafillou

Under 16 Foil:
1) Daniel MacDonald
2) Steve McGrath
3) Connor Dever

A Special Thank you to Brett, Nathan and Bethany for helping out with this tournament. This was our largest Young Blade tournament to date.


Nathan Comeau -- bronze in the Open Epee and silver in the junior and cadet epee. Nathan missed the gala by one point.
Spencer McGregor - gold in Under 15 Epee
Brett Cheverie - bronze in junior foil and junior epee.

Max MacAskill - bronze in cadet and junior sabre
Reid Ling - bronze in junior sabre.

Kara Grant
earns 2nd Time Senior Athlete of the Year at the Sport PEI 2009 banquet.

She came 31st at a recent World Cup Pentathalon Event in New Mexico, USA.

Kara Grant and Nathan Comeau are representing UPEIFC at the Eastern Championships 09 in Montreal. Still waiting for Results.

Damocles 09: PEI gets 2 Gold and a Bronze!!
Spencer McGregor got a bronze in U15 Foil while Nick Glendenning placed 6th, Steven McGrath came 9th and Daniel MacDonald came 12th (out of 15). Spencer MacGregor won the gold in U15 Epee (out of 5) and Logan Doyle the gold in U13 Epee out of four. (These two events were combined for the first round.) Logan placed fifth in U13 Foil (out of 14). He missed getting into the medals by one point.

Parker MacDonald was 4th after a pool of 10 in U17 sabre, but fell to 6th after the DE.

Nathan Comeau got 4 medals at the Dal Open 09!! He came third in the one point matches for cash; Silver in the Under 20, Bronze in the Under 17 Epee, Open Epee, and Foil. The XMAS EPEE CHALLENGE 2008 Results

CS#2 Cadet/Junior/Senior Nationals,
Calgary, AB, Nov 27-30/08

Nathan Comeau, UPEIFC's rep, had very respectable standing for his first CS tournament.
Junior; 16/39 and made the Super pools.
Cadet: 13/22
Senior: 35/47

TriSword 08: PEI picks up 4 medals!!
Nathan Comeau -
- Gold in the Under 17 Epee
Reid Ling
Bronze in the Under 20 Foil and Under 20 Sabre and Silver in the Open Sabre.

Moncton Open 08:
Nathan Comeau -- silver in Junior Epee, silver in Open Epee and bronze in Cadet Epee.
Reid Ling - silver in Open Sabre and Junior Sabre.
Luke McDearmid - 4th in the same division
Connor MacDonald - 4/5 in Under 15 Sabre
Liam Bannon - 4th in the Cadet Foil (4/7)

Kara gets 31st in Beijing!!

July 31/08
From Kara Grant:
Hello Everyone!!

Training is going extremely well these days and my preparation for the Olympic Games is on target. I had a very successful fundraiser in PEI on July 14 in the form of my Aliant Swing to Beijing Golf Tournament. Thanks again to all those who helped make the day such a success. While I was home, my main sponsor Aliant took some video footage and made several great clips which they’ve posted on their website. Please check them out at:

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I’m now back in Quebec City where I spent most of the summer training and the countdown is on!! I leave for Seoul, South Korea one week from tomorrow and compete in the Olympic Games three weeks from tomorrow- August 22, 2008. Time flies when you’re having fun!!

Yours in the pursuit of excellence,
Kara Grant

Nathan Comeau, Megan Glover (UPEIFC alumni), and Phil Stewart helped Kara Grant in preparation for the Beijing Olympics last week. Go Kara!!


Nathan Comeau is the National Champ in Under 15 Epee. Go Nathan!! There was a total of 21 competitors. He still has two more events to appear in: Junior and Cadet. Results are here. This is the First national medal in this age division for the UPEIFC.

Kara is going to the Olympics!!!
From The Guardian newspaper: Islander returning to Olympic Games Kara Grant makes Canadian modern pentathlon team for Beijing Mark Masters Kara Grant is going back to the Olympic Games. The Stratford native will be officially named to the Canadian modern pentathlon team later this month. Grant earned a spot on the national team following her performance at the world championships in Hungary on the weekend. She will join Monica Pinette of Langley, B.C., as the Canadian women on the team which will compete in Beijing this summer. “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to compete once again at the Olympic Games and challenge myself against the best athletes in the world at the premier sporting event of the world," Grant told The Guardian in an e-mail on Monday. “I plan to use my experiences in Athens at the Olympic Games and over the last 12 years as a pentathlon competitor to prepare for the performance of a lifetime in Beijing."
You can read the rest

CBC has an article on Kara too.

PEI Provincials 08:

Tarun Porter: Wins for the 1st Time the Exton Bulman Memorial Women's Epee Trophy
Nathan Comeau - Wins for the 2nd Time the Epee "Belt" Trophy.
Reid Ling - Wins for the 3rd time The Bela Borsos Sabre Trophy.
Phil Stewart - Wins for the 7th time the Frank Zimmermann Foil Trophy.

The Photo Gallery of the tournamant is here.

Young Blades Provincial Tournament 08

1st. Morgan Sandiford wins his first ever provincial tournament.
2nd. Carter MacQuaid
3rd. Spencer McGregor.

NS Provincials 08:
Reid Ling got a silver medal in the Open Sabre and bronze the junior event.
Nathan Comeau
a bronze in the Under 17 and bronze in the junior event.

NB Provincials 08:
Brett Cheverie earned a gold in the Under 15 Foil.
Under 13 Foil:
1st. Carter MacQuaid
2nd. Spencer McGregor

SportPEI banquet 08:
Stratford's Kara Grant, another Olympic hopeful in Modern Pentathlon, was the Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

Damocles Tournament 08 :
In the Under 13, Carter McQuaid earns a silver and Spencer McGregor gets a bronze.
Nick Glendinning
and Morgan Sandiford had a good showing as well.
Reid Ling
got a bronze in the Under 17 Sabre.
Brett Cheverie
received an silver medal in the Under 15 Foil.


Nathan Comeau earns a Gold medal in the Under 20 Epee and a Silver in the Open Epee at the Lt.Governor's Challenge 08!! Nathan continues to have a specatular season!!

Kara wins Bronze in Mexico City(March 10/08)
I had the day of my life yesterday.

It’s been a long time coming with a lot of soul searching over the past couple of weeks to try and get myself in the right frame of mind to have a great competition. I won the shooting event with a personal best score 187. I was fifth in fencing with 976 and second after two events. The swimming went very well for me although I did drop to 9th overall. The riding was a little scary as the quality of the horses wasn’t great and the horse I drew pulled up lame and I had to take a reserve horse. This could have gone very poorly but I lucked out and got a slightly complicated horse that suited me perfectly and had only one rail down. I started the run in 5th place and ran up to 3rd within 800m. Then it got a little tough as there was a gap to first and second, but a fast girl 20 seconds behind me so I had to run hard from the beginning with no one to chase or to run with. I managed to keep the gap large until the last 500m when I started to fade. Fortunately I had a nice lead so it was no problem. Although this was the smartest way to run, it was also the toughest as starting fast and hanging at altitude is a whole different world. Needless to say it was worth the effort as I now have my first World Cup medal!!

Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me and believed in me!!.

WE'RE BACK IN THE CANADA GAMES!! Fencing team will be reduced to 2 members per weapon, foil, epee, and sabre, with 2 coaches and a 1 manager plus we are in 2013 Summer Games. More details will follow. Tri-Sword Results:

From the CBC wbesite: P.E.I.'s chief coroner is investigating the sudden death of a 20-year-old man who collapsed while working out in a gym in Stratford Tuesday night.

rene_photothe Queen Elizabeth Hospital were unable to revive Rene Ayangma.
(Chett Chaisson)

Rene Ayangma was rushed by ambulance to hospital at about 8:30 p.m., but staff there were unable to resuscitate him. An autopsy is being performed Wednesday to try to find out why he died.

The coroner stressed this is not a criminal investigation.

Ayangma was a second-year biology student at UPEI and played with the university soccer team.

A Facebook group launched in his memory had more than 1,000 members by mid-afternoon Wednesday, with dozens of photos and more than 100 posts.

The coaches and staff of the UPEI Fencing Club pass on their condolences to Rene's family. Rene was on the 2003 Canada Games Men's Foil Team.

Kara Grant wins the Swiss Open Championship – October 27-28, 2007
"It appears that the 2007 pentathlon season was a bit longer than I had expected.
After competing in the World Cup Final and Olympic test event in Beijing September 16, I took a well needed rest. This rest time coincided a very happy occasion in my life – namely my wedding!! The day was everything Jamie and I could have asked for and more. I’m a very fortunate woman !!

I eased my way back into training in early October with the idea of doing some base training for a couple of months and adding some new elements to my regime. During this time I was also planning a week of motivational speaking to students in 15 Prince Edward Island Schools. My first competition of the next season was to be a world cup in February. The next thing I knew I was on a plane on my way to Switzerland! It sounds odd, but my coach and I decided it would be a good chance to get one more competition in before the end of the season.

This last minute decision paid off as I had my best five event competition of the year (against a much weaker field than the world cups of course) but still excellent. I shot 183, fenced 1080 (17 victories 5 defeats), swim 2:41 - which is amazing considering the amount of time off I had and the minimal intensity and volume in the pool since starting back. I rode clear with only a few time penalties and ran 11:01 on a grass course with turns and slightly uneven footing. This run was also amazing for this time of the year. We actually did a pack start in the run and I knew I had to beat one girl by 15 seconds in order to win the competition. We basically ran together for the first 2 km with her pulling ahead about 10m. Then at the 2km mark I decided it was all or nothing despite being quite tired, and I dropped the hammer and passed her like she was standing still -and tried not to look back when my body starting to scream for oxygen with 500m left, 300m of this being slightly uphill. It’s was a pure guts run by the last 200m and although I finished ahead we didn’t know until the points were tallied if it had been enough. In the end I won by 12 points (3 seconds). Cleary the time off was a good thing and if I prepare correctly, I’ve got an even better season ahead of me next year!

Olympic Qualification – here I come!!"


Thanks Natrhan Comeau, Bethany Hughes, Star Koleszar and Phil Stewart in warming up Kara Grant for the next World Cup in Beijing, China. Good Luck Kara! We will be cheering you on!!

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whitehorsefencer2007 Canada Winter Games Results:

Women's Epee Team: 6/9. They beat NLFD, NB, and Manitoba.

Individual Results: 20. Alexis Bulman, 21. Star Koleszar, 23. Bethany Hughes. 28 participants.
Men's Epee Team: 8/9. They beat Manitoba.
Individual Results: 21. Nahtan Comeau, 24. Alex Davidson, 25. Nathan Garland. 27 participants
Men's Foil Team: 9/10. They beat NLFD.
Individual Results: 21. Alex Hughes, 25. Phil Barnes 26. Brett Cheverie. 30 participants.
Women's Foil Team: 10/10. 23. Tarun Porter, 27. Tayla MacDonald, 28. Katie Ross . 30 participants.
Men's Sabre Team:
Individual Results: 23. Reid Ling 26. Michou Petitipas 27. Max MacAskilll. 27 participants.

It was a fun trip and truly once in a life-time experience. A small sample of some of the many photos taken during the Games. I have made a CWG DVD, if you want to buy a copy it cost $10.00.

PEI Provincials 07:
The results are here. Reid Ling wins for the 3rd time the Frank Zimmermann Foil Trophy and 2nd time the Bela Borsos Sabre Cup. Nathan Comeau wins the "Belt" Epee trophy. Here is a photogallery from the tournament. Thanks to everyone for helping out and running this event.

14th Annual Xmas Epee Challenge 2007 Results are posted. Once again another successful tournament/social event took place. Nice to see such a good turn-out; however, I hope we have more participants next year. This concludes a very exciting year in fencing at our club. There were many highlights and our athletes should be proud of thier accomplishments and be ready for fun and competition in the new year.

4 Medals!! Nathan Comeau wins a silver in the Open Epee and a bronze in the Under 17 Epee. Brett Cheverie earned a gold in the Under 15 foil. Finally, Parker MacDonald got a silver in the Under 15 Sabre. The sabre fencers, Max MacAskill, Reid Ling and Michou Petitpas had good results too.

Kara Grant wins the Swiss Open Championship – October 27-28, 2007. Details here.

Moncton Open 07: Nathan Comeau got a bronze in the Open Epee (15 participants). Kara Grant got a gold in Open Women's Epee (6 participants). Alex Hughes earned a gold and Brett Cheverie earned a silver in the Under 15 Foil (9 participants).

In their first tournament, Carter McQuaid got a gold and Spencer McGregor won a bronze in the Under 13 Foil (4 participants.). Some good showings from Team PEI's Sabre Team consisting of Reid Ling, Max MacAskill, Michou Petitpas, and now in their first off-Island sabre event -- Nathan Comeau and Star Koleszar.


The results from the 2006 Xmas Epee Challenge are now posted. Once again with the help of everyone, the tournament was a complete success.

Just In: Kara Grant
came 9th at the Senior World Modern Pentathlon Championships in Guatemala City. Currently, She is ranked 16th in the World.

Team PEI
earns 4 medals at the Tri-Sword in Halifax over this past weekend: Parker MacDonald won his first out-of-province medal in the Novice Foil: Reid Ling won a bronze medal in the Under 17 Men's Sabre and Alexis Bulman gets two bronze medals in Women's Open Epee and the Under 17 Women's Epee. Photos will be following.

July 3, 2006: Kara Grants wins Bronze at the Pan American Pentathlon Championships.

Here is PEI Provincial 2006 photogallery from the tournament.

Canadian Fencer Sherraine Schalm-MacKay wins 2006 World Cup Circuit

(June 17,2006) Havana, Cuba – World no.1 women's épée fencer and author of Running with Swords, Sherraine Schalm-MacKay was one point away from winning her sixth world cup of the season before falling 15-14 to her Hungarian training partner, Emese Szasz in the final of the Havana World Cup Grand Prix today.

With the silver medal Schalm-MacKay of Brooks , Alberta has officially won the 2006 World Cup Circuit by accumulating the most points throughout this season.

”It feels amazing to win the World Cup Circuit! I've had an really consistent year and this is congrats for it! I'm so, so happy!”

This sort of success has been foreign to Canadians as Sherraine steps into unmarked territory in the fencing world medalling at 13 of the last 15 world class events she has attended.

In the Havana heat earlier today, Sherraine began with victories over Maria Martinez (VEN), Eimey Gomez Chivas (CUB), Yana Shemyakina (UKR), Sonya Tol (NED) before defeating Lubov Shutova from Russia 15-14 to meet Emese Szasz from Hungary in the final. Sherraine and Emese train in Budapest at the same club under the tutelage of Coach Gyozo Kulcsar.

”I came 2nd today and yet I still won the world cup!” Schalm-MacKay said with her usual witty sense of humour, “Emese fenced really well today and now I can't wait for Worlds…only three months to go!”

Just in: Lieutenant's Governor's Challenge 06 : 10 Medals!! Angel Cassista (above) got a Gold in Women's Sabre and Bronze in Women's Foil. Tim Koughan came back with two Silver medals in Open Men's Foil and Epee. See pictures here.

NB Provincials 07: PEI picks up 9 medals!! Nathan Comeau got a bronze in Under 17 Men's epee, and a gold in Under 15 epee; Alexis Bulman got a bronze in Under 20 Women's Epee, and a bronze in Under17 Women's Epee; Bethany Hughes got a silver in Under 20 Women's Epee, Alex Hughes got a gold in Under 15 Men's Foil and a silver in Under 15 Men's Epee, Star Koleszar got a bronze in Under 15 Women's Epee and Phil Barnes earned a bronze in the Under 15 Men's Foil.

The Damocles Tournament Results 07:
Brett Cheverie: Silver in Under 15 foil; Alex Hughes: Gold in Under 15 epee and foil; Bethany Hughes: Silver in Under 17 epee. Nathan Comeau: 9th in Under 17 epee (25 participants) and 10th in Under 17 foil (20 participants).

Kara Grant comes 4th at the 2007 Pan-American Games.
Kara Grant appears in The Gaurdian about her quest to go the Beijing Oylmpics.
Kara Grant
finishes 15th at Hungarian World Cup.

Just in: Sherraine Schalm-MacKay wins bronze medal in Rome; Julie Leprohon seventh
ROME, Italy – Sherraine Schalm-MacKay of Brooks, Alta., won a bronze medal at the
women's epee World Cup in Rome on Saturday following a 14-13 defeat at the hands of the eventual gold medallist Xiaojuan Luo from China.

"Now a medal feels like the standard for me." Schalm-MacKay said, "I had forgotten how unsatisfying it feels to lose and it definitely makes me hungrier for the next competition."

Schalm-MacKay breezed into the medal rounds with a solid 15-10 victory over Li Na of China.

Montreal's Julie Leprohon [Editors note: She was on the 95 Quebec Canada Games Fencing Team] defeated Jessica Beer of New Zealand in a thrilling 15-14 third round match to reach the quarterfinals.  However, Leprohon's medal hopes vanished when she was unable to get past the 2001 World Champion Claudia Bokel of Germany falling 5-3 to finish seventh. The quarterfinals appearance was her best result of the season thus far. (Saturday, March 18, 2006)

Just In:
Fencer Sherraine MacKay stays hot winning third straight World Cup:
Tauberbischofsheim , Germany – Canadian Olympic fencing star Sherraine MacKay is on fire!

MacKay of Brooks, Alberta, continued her hot streak today winning a third consecutive World Cup title defeating, world No.2, Imke Duplitzer of Germany 15-10 in the final of the Women's Epee Würth World Cup.

“People have been coming up and saying how amazing it is to have won so many world cups in a row like this and all I can say that is an unbelievable feeling.” shared MacKay, who is currently ranked No.1 in world. (Sunday, March 5, 2006).
Full results: http://www.fechtentbb.de/frames.htm

Just In: st.maur2006_goldCanadian fencer Sherraine MacKay wins 2 nd straight World Cup; Becomes No.1 in the world!
SAINT MAUR, FRANCE – Sherraine MacKay of Brooks, Alta., won her second consecutive gold medal in dramatic fashion topping Imke Duplitzer of Germany 15-14 in the final of the Saint Maur World Cup Grand Prix Saturday.

“I'm thrilled!” MacKay said. “Sometimes you just have to pinch yourself to realize that for this moment, there's no one in the whole entire fencing community ranked above you!”

This not only marks the first time a Canadian has been ranked No.1 in the fencing world but was also the first time a Pan American zone fencer has managed to win the European dominated Saint Maur Grand Prix. ( February 4, 2006 )

Just In: Kara Grant came 2nd at the Epee D'Or in Montreal. She is currently ranked 12th in the country in women's epee.

(June 11, 2006) VANCOUVER – World No.1 women's epee fencer, Sherraine Schalm-MacKay, won the Peter Bakonyi International World Cup in Vancouver defeating Megumi Harada of Japan 15-12 in the final Saturday!

"Winning a world cup here on Canadian soil is extra special as it was a first believe in fencing!  It felt so great up there singing the National anthem with everybody singing along! It was a lot of fun!”, Schalm-Mackay shared.

Sherraine started off the day with victories over  American fencers Phoebe Caldwell (15-9) and Lacey Burt (15-14) before defeating Beata Tereba of Poland 15-11 to move on to the medal round. In her semifinal match, Sherraine toppled the 2001 World Champion Claudia Bokel from Germany 14-6.

Kara Grant
came 12th and Sherraine Schalm-MacKay came 1st at the Nationals in Open Women's Epee in Montreal.

Canadian Fencer Sherraine Schalm-MacKay wins Sydney World Cup Grand Prix! (May 26, 2006)Sydney , Australia – The world No.1 women's epee fencer, Sherraine Schalm-MacKay, defeated Imke Duplitzer from Germany 15-12 to win the Sydney Challenge 2006 Grand Prix World Cup Saturday.

"It always feels amazing to win, but afterwards I always ask whether that's really it? There are no more opponents?" Schalm-Mackay said following her fourth world cup victory of the season.

Earlier in the day Schalm-MacKay defeated Yin Ning Chan from Hong Kong 15-11 followed by wins over Canadian teammate Julie Leprohon of Montreal 12-9, last weeks World Cup winner Weiping Zhong from China 15-8 in the quarterfinals and Hyo-Jung Jung from Korea 15-13 in the semifinals.

China 's Lanlan Qin and Korea 's Hyo-Jung Jung won the bronze medals.

“ It was a good competition because I knew I needed the points to crawl back to No.1 in the world and I LOVE fencing "under pressure". I accepted the challenge and did my best, while enjoying the game and wanting the day to last as long as possible. Thankfully, it did last as long as it possibly could! I am getting back into top form after a good long break in April. Next stop, Havana !”