Love watching fast-paced sports? The 2023 Vancouver Fencing World Cup is taking place this week, and you won’t want to miss it. Organized by the Government of Canada, the World Cup is a huge milestone for men and women fencers on the road to the Olympics – so guests can expect some next-level talent and technical skills at the Vancouver Convention Centre this week.

From December 7th to 10th, the event will bring around 500 top-ranked international athletes from across five continents to compete for the coveted top spots in epee fencing.

For local athletes, the Vancouver World Cup has greatly helped them develop their fencing styles, skills and motivation.

“The Vancouver World Cup is one of the inspiring factors for our young athletes,” says Igor Gantsevich, High-Performance Director of the Canadian Fencing Federation. “They can meet and see their fencing heroes at their best.”

Below are some Vancouver fencers making a name for themselves on the national and international stage:

  • Alexanne Verret: 2022 Vancouver World Cup Bronze Medalist
  • Dylan French: 2023 Individual Pan AM Games Men’s Epee Champion
  • Nicholas Zhang: Youngest fencer in the top 100 in the world (#30), 2023 Individual Senior Pan Am Championships Silver Medalist
  • Fynn Fafard: Pa AM Games Team Silver Medalist
  • Samuel Gallagher Pelletier: 2022 Individual Pan Am Championships Bronze Medalist

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Home to many national team members, North Vancouver’s Dynamo Fencing Club is the host club for the World Cup once again.

Here is the full event schedule for the 2023 Vancouver World Cup:

  • Thursday, December 7th at 9 am: Women’s Individual Preliminary rounds
  • Friday, December 8th at 9 am: Men’s Preliminary rounds
  • Saturday, December 9th at 8 am: Men’s and women’s individual – top 64, semifinals, finals
  • Sunday, December 10th at 9 am: Men’s and women’s team competition

Tickets are available online for $10 to $20 per person.

So there you have it, Vancouver! If you’re looking for a bit of sports action to mix into your week, you know where to find it.

Vancouver Fencing World Cup 

When: Thursday, December 7th to Sunday, December 10th
Where: 1055 Canada Place
Cost: $10 to $20