I began fencing at UofT in second year. Was a member and eventually captain of university team in 1975-1978. Winner of the Desjarlais Trophy as OUA individual epee champion in 1976, 1977, 1978.
Winner of the OUA George Tully Trophy for the fencer most proficient in skill, style and sportsmanship in 1977, 1978.
Took a 32 year break from fencing, resuming in late 2009. Active participant in local, national, and international veteran fencing events, including the 2012 Commonwealth event in Scotland and World Veteran Championships in 2012 through 2016. Chaired the Ontario Veterans Committee in 2016-2017. Founder of veteranfencing.test.
Since I started fencing again I’ve experienced great health benefits from getting back into shape. Fencing does it all: cardio, flexibility, speed, problem-solving. I was amazed at how much muscle memory I had left from my university fencing days. I don’t enjoy exercising per se, but I really love fencing.
Equally importantly I’ve developed great relationships and camaraderie with fencing colleagues. The competitions are intense but friendly and fun.Completely unexpectedly, I’ve had the opportunity to put on a Team Canada fencing uniform and represent Canada at Commonwealth and World Championships. I never thought of myself before as an athlete, but I guess I am one after all!