Eleanor Har­vey

The Hamilton Spectator - - ROAD TO RIO 2016 -

TEAM: Fenc­ing SPORT: In­di­vid­ual Foil BORN: Jan. 14, 1995 SCHOOL: West­dale Sec­ondary School; Ohio State Univer­sity

AL­THOUGH SHE IS ONE of the younger mem­bers of Canada’s Olympic team, Har­vey is loaded with ex­pe­ri­ence at the world level.

She won sil­ver medals in foil at both the 2014 and 2015 world cham­pi­onships.

She has fenced at two Pan Am Games and was sev­enth in in­di­vid­ual foil at last sum­mer’s Games in Toronto while con­tribut­ing im­mensely to Canada’s up­set of the favoured U.S. for the team gold medal by win­ning the last match in over­time.

In March, Har­vey, now head­ing into her se­nior year at Ohio State Univer­sity, won the NCAA (U.S. col­lege) cham­pi­onships with 21 vic­to­ries in 23 round-robin matches and dom­i­nant per­for­mances in the medal rounds. She had been ninth last year.

An all-round ath­lete, she was a sprinter when she was younger and then switched to karate be­fore con­cen­trat­ing on fenc­ing, which she started at the age of 10.

Har­vey had orig­i­nally set her sights on the 2020 Olympics, when she would have an ex­tra four years ex­pe­ri­ence.

But when her 2015-16 sea­son got off to a good start she told her­self, “All right, I’m go­ing to go for it.”

“The Olympics have al­ways been my goal,” she says. “All my life.”

Eleanor Har­vey: Olympics a life­time goal

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