Family Partner Eli Schenkel
Residence Hamilton, ON, CAN
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner
Higher education Film Studies, Psychology - Ohio State University: Columbus, OH, USA
License number 14011995000
|Poznan (POLAND), 2022-01-14||Guadalajara (MEXICO), 2022-02-25|
|Asunción (PARAGUAY), 2022-06-05||Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-27|
|Incheon (KOREA), 2022-05-14||Shanghai (CHINA), 2018-05-18|
|Cancun (MEXICO), 2015-10-13|
|Ankara (TURKEY), 2015-11-14|
|Kocaeli (TURKEY), 2015-12-12|
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 10.
Why this sport? "Ever since I was a little kid I always wanted to go to the Olympics. So, first it was for running, and then I tried karate. A friend recommended fencing because we used to sword fight in the backyard. I went to my first practice, and I beat this kid who had been fencing for a year. I was so competitive that it was enough to keep me going."
Name of coach Alice Lu [personal]
Training Regime She incorporates yoga and weight training into her schedule as a form of cross-training.
Nicknames E (olympic.ca, 23 Jul 2021)
Hobbies Spending time with friends, eating international cuisine, visiting coffee shops, yoga, drawing. (olympic.ca, 23 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career Her parents. (buckeyextra.dispatch.com, 06 Nov 2015)
Hero / Idol Canadian fencer Sherraine Schalm. (olympic.ca, 23 Jul 2021)
Injuries In November 2019 she broke her wrist and was ruled out for two-and-a-half months. (thespec.com, 25 Mar 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto "I'm definitely more defensive. I like to get a feel for people's styles, so that takes a while. If you're rushing at them it's harder to get a feel for what they would do in different situations." (buckeyextra.dispatch.com, 06 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours In 2018 she was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Canadian Fencing Federation [CFF]. (Facebook page, 19 May 2018)
She was named the 2014 Canadian Junior Fencer of the Year. (900chml.com, 26 Feb 2015)
She has been inducted into the Toronto Fencing Club Hall of Fame in Ontario, Canada. (awwca.ca, 18 Dec 2011)
Milestones She became the first female fencer representing Canada to finish on the podium in foil at a grand prix by placing third at the 2018 event in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jul 2018; fencing.ca, 22 May 2018)
Famous relatives Her parents Ken Harvey and Lise Graydon have both taken part in Ironman triathlons, while her grandfather competed in athletics at Michigan State University in the United States of America. Her partner Eli Schenkel represented Canada in fencing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She is also a distant relative of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh through her great aunt, who is Van Gogh's great, great niece. (Instagram profile, 06 Mar 2022; Eli Schenkel Instagram profile, 28 Feb 2022; thespec.com, 05 Jul 2021; olympic.ca, 22 Aug 2016; ohiostatebuckeyes.com, 08 Apr 2015)
Ambitions To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (Brandon's Sports Talk podcast, 07 Jan 2022)
Other information BUSINESS OWNER
In October 2020 she launched Lennygarb, a clothing company featuring her own designs on Canadian-made and up-cycled pieces of clothing. She has also worked as a coach at the Toronto Fencing Centre in Ontario, Canada. (olympic.ca, 23 Jul 2021 Facebook profile, 08 Oct 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)
She began eating a vegan diet at age 12. Her fencing coach at the time required her to submit blood work to prove she was getting the nutrients necessary to train and compete. "I feel like if anything [a vegan diet] helps me because you have to be super aware all the time of what you're eating, you can't just pig out on a random thing placed in front of you. I think that's a good way to be if you're vegan or not. Better still, on this diet I always found I had more energy." (thelantern.com, 25 Oct 2017)
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