HARVEY Eleanor


Personal Information

Occupation Athlete

Languages English

Higher education Film Studies, Psychology - Ohio State University: Columbus, OH, USA

License number 14011995000


Zone Championships--11
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-27
Grand Prix--11
Shanghai (CHINA), 2018-05-18
Cancun (MEXICO), 2015-10-13
Ankara (TURKEY), 2015-11-14
Kocaeli (TURKEY), 2015-12-12

Sport Specific Information

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 Yoann Lebrun [national]; Mike Pederson [national]

Handedness Left

General Interest

Nicknames E (olympic.ca, 22 Aug 2016)

Memorable sporting achievement Finishing seventh in individual foil at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (olympic.ca, 28 Nov 2016)

Most influential person in career Her parents. (buckeyextra.dispatch.com, 06 Nov 2015)

Hero / Idol Italian fencer Arianna Errigo. (eurosport.co.uk, 10 Aug 2016)

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. Her grandfather competed in athletics at Michigan State University in the United States of America. She is also a descendant of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. (olympic.ca, 22 Aug 2016; ohiostatebuckeyes.com, 08 Apr 2015)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olympic.ca, 28 Nov 2016)

Other information EYES ON TOKYO
She graduated from Ohio State University in the United States of America in 2018 and began training as a full-time athlete ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games. "After I graduate I'm going to train more, full time like an actual, professional athlete, instead of a student-athlete where my time was so divided. That will be interesting, and going to Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games] would be super cool. My dad lived in Japan for four years, so I've been before, but not since I was like five or six." (olympicchannel.com, 30 Aug 2018)

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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