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Cindy Gao

It took Cindy Gao eight years to earn bragging rights as Canada’s top female fencer. The 18-year-old who calls Toronto home finished third at the 2017 Junior Pan American Championship in Havana, Cuba and won the Senior National Championship title that same year. Gao was named the National Fencing Athlete of the year twice – for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 seasons. At the age of 16, Gao won the Junior Pan American Championship title in Cancun, Mexico. Gao did double duty in that competition, also competing in the Cadet category where she placed second. She won the North American Cup in 2016 and finished sixth at the Cadet World Championships that same year. “I started fencing in Grade 5 because my mom wanted me to…

Daniel Li

Date of Birth: October 4, 2000 Club: Toronto Fencing Club Grade 10 average: 92.2 Rank: B16 Results and Achievements Member of the Canadian cadet foil national team 3rd CMF at Canadian national championships (Vancouver, BC) 2014 1st U15 MF at Canadian national championships (Vancouver, BC) 2014 1st team MF at Canadian national championships (Kitchener, Ontario) 2015 3rd Div II MF at Daugherty Cup (St. Louis, Missouri) 2015 3rd CMF at Canadian national championships (Gatineau, Quebec) 2015 Best Canadian Men’s Result at International European cadet circuit (Bratislava, Slovakia) 2016 Best Canadian Men’s Result at International European cadet circuit (Budapest, Hungary) 2016 9th team MF at International European cadet circuit (Bratislava, Slovakia) 2016 2nd team MF at Canadian national championships (Longueil, Quebec) 2016 3rd CMF, 2nd JMF,…

Alex Cai

Alex Cai loves to outwit, outplay, and outlast, but he’s not playing Survivor – he’s fencing. Each time Alex Cai walks onto the piste and stands in the en garde position, he’s competing to become the sole survivor. The 17-year-old Grade 12 Toronto student won the Vancouver Canada Cup Junior Championship in January, 2017 and the Canadian National Championship in Men’s Seniors in April, 2017. At the Copenhagen Satellite World Cup in May, 2017, Cai finished 13th in Senior Men’s foil and in October, 2016 he placed 6th in Men’s Cadets at the North American Cup in Detroit. “I love the independence of the sport and enjoy the sense of competing, but not just the hitting: I like trying to outwit your opponent,” says Cai,…

Ying Cao

Date of Birth: May 11th, 2001 Club: Toronto Fencing Club American Ranking: A16 Results and Achievements: Member of the Canadian Cadet and Junior foil national team (2015-2016) Member of the Cadet National Team (2016-2017) 3rd in SWF at Canadian National Championships (2014) 1st in CWF at Canadian National Championships (January 2015) 1st in CWF & SWF and 2nd in JWF at Ontario Championships (2015) 3rd in CWF and SWF at Canada Cup (May 2015) 1st in JWF and 2nd in CWF at Canadian National Championships (September 2015) 2nd in SWF and 3rd in CWF at Canadian National Championships (November 2015) 3rd for teams at International European Cadet Circuit in Cabrès, France (2015) Best team result Canada has ever gotten at a Cadet European Circuit 3rd…