The Ontario Fencing Association is launching its third High Performance Development Program (HPDP) for 2018-2019. Aimed at the Train to Train, Train to Compete and Train to Win categories, the program’s goal is to offer high level training opportunities to fencers everywhere in the province.
The 2017-2018 HPDP clinics and camps doubled in attendance from previous years, with well over 100 athletes, coaches, and parents participating in the various clinics and camps through the season. The OFA HP Committee has received overwhelmingly positive feedback, and hope to continue this momentum with this year’s program launch.
The OFA recognizes that, while the majority of the fencers are concentrated around the GTA, fencing must be developed across the province. To that end, the HPDP program will strive to hold training camps at various locations around the province, or provide compensation for participants traveling from outside of the GTA otherwise.
Quest For Gold
Athletes must be registered for the HPDP program in order to be eligible for Quest for Gold funding (pending official approval from the ministry). In addition, athletes must participate in both training camps for their specific weapon in order to maintain Quest For Gold eligibility. In extenuating circumstances, athletes must provide acceptable reasons to the HPDP coordinator within a reasonable time frame in order to be excused from a training camp and maintain eligibility for Quest For Gold funding.
The program is also open to all fencers in Ontario. We strongly urge anyone who wants to increase their competitive level to register.
This year, all clinics will be integrated into the training camps for ease of attendance. Clinic and camp details (and topics) will be updated once dates and locations are finalized.
Two training camps are planned per weapon this year. Weapon coordinators (Alice Lu for foil, David Howes for épée, and Thomas Nguyen for sabre) are responsible for organizing and running these camps, as well as answering any questions athletes, parents, or coaches may have.
All personal coaches are encouraged to participate in the training camps.
Full program (mandatory for Quest For Gold eligibility) – $300 (includes access to all training camps + clinics)
Separate attendance -$200 per training camp
Please follow THIS LINK to register for either the full program or individual training camps.
Maxime Brinck-Croteau, 2016 Rio Olympian and HPDP coordinator, has over 20 years of fencing experience, and has been instrumental in launching the current HPDP program set up. Max is available for anyone with questions or concern regarding any subject related to the HPDP program at firstname.lastname@example.org