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Men’s Event

RUBEN LIMARDO (VEN)

World Cup 2010 (top 5 finishes only): Tied 3rd (Berne).

He is a 24-year-old who has been professional since 2002/2003 season after being world junior number one. He competed in the Beijing Olympics finishing in 23rd and his brother Francisco also competes here.

HUGUES BOISVERT-SIMARD (CAN)

World Cup 2010: 5th (Kish Island), 2nd (Lisbon).

This 28-year-old has slowly risen up the rankings in the last four years- from 188th in 2006/2007 to 12th currently. 2008 Pan Am gold medallist.

JOAQUIM VIDEIRA (POR)

World Cup 2010: Tied 3rd (Kish Island).

Had pretty good start to season with top 15 finishes in three WC events. One of few competitors who uses French grip as opposed to pistol grip which means he has a different handle to his sword. Works as an electronic engineer. Age: 26.

SILVIO FERNANDEZ (VEN)

World Cup 2010: 5th (Lisbon), 5th (Paris).

31-year-old who won this competition last year and also finished 9th in the Beijing Olympics.

MAX HEINZER (SUI)

World Cup 2010: 1st (Lisbon).

23-year-old who used to compete in foil as well as epee. National champion in 2008.

WESTON “SETH” KELSEY (USA)

The 28-year-old has a highest finish of 11th this year in Berne in Feb.

JONATHAN WILLIS (GBR)

World Cup 2010: 1st (Kish Island), 2nd (Lisbon), 5th (Tallin)

29-year-old who finished 2nd in this event last year.  Trained as an accountant. He is part of a 2012 Olympic Pathway Programme. He became the first Brit for 26 years to win a World Cup epee event when he won in Germany in 2007.

CODY MATTERN (USA)

Highest finish of 13th this season in Berne in Feb. Competed in Athens Olympics finishing 22nd. Age: 29.

TIGRAN BAJGORIC (CAN)

27-year-old Slovenian-born Canadian.

Women’s Event

Britta Heidemann (GER)  - FIE Rank: 1

2009 European champion indiv., 2008 Olympic gold medal indiv., World Champion 2007 indiv.

World Cup 2010 victories in Grand Prix St. Maur/Paris and Barcelona indiv.

Recently lost 2010 German Championship final to Imke Duplitzer in April.

World Cup 2002 victory in Sydney.

Top FEI ranked fencer coming into Challenge Australia.

Best World Cup finish for 09/10 – 1st in Barcelona 13.02.2010.

Sonja Tol (NED) FIE Rank: 9

2009 World Fencing Championships Antalya, bronze medallist.

24th at Athens Olympics.

Six time Dutch champion.

Professional Soldier (Navy).

Best World Cup finish for 09/10 – 2nd Florina 13.03.10, 9th Rome 05.02.10.

Monika Sozanska (GER) FIE Rank: 13.

2009 German Championship silver medal.

2009 World Cup Tauberbischofsheim and Havana Bronze medals.

2007 Sydney World Cup Bronze, 2005 Sydney World Cup Silver.

Most recently lost to Imke Duplitzer in semi final of 2010 German Championship indiv.

Best world cup finish for 09/10 – 9th Lobnya 20.03.10.

Imke Duplitzer (GER) FIE Rank: 32

Veteran/experienced fencer: has participated at four Olympic Games.

Beat both Sozanska and Heidemann to win gold at 2010 German Championships in April.

Often portrayed as enemy/rival of Heidemann but Imke denies this.

Silver medal team Athens Olympics 2004, European Champion 1999, 6 time National Champion.

Professional soldier, human rights activist. Outspoken critic of Chinese regime before the Beijing Olympic Games.

Best world cup finish for 09/10 – 3rd Rome 05.02.10.

Noam Mills (ISR) FIE Rank: 18

4 time Israel senior fencing champion, three time junior Israel champion, 2006 junior world cup champion, 2009 European championships placed 7th. Finished 7th at 2009 Euro championships in Bulgaria

Best world cup finish for 09/10 – 20th in Barcelona 13.02.10 and Germany 06.03.10.

Multerer Ricarda (Ger) FIE Rank: 49

German young gun, only 20, much younger than Heidemann, Duplitzer and Sozanska.

Beaten Sabrina Lui.

2009 German Junior Champion.

Best World cup finish for 09/10 – 8th Moscow 20.03.10.

Joanna Halls (Aus) FIE Rank: 70

Dual Olympian (2000 and 2008 – finished 35th in Beijing pushing her FEI ranking to career high 45).

Changed from foil to epee after Beijing Olympics - wants to qualify for London 2012 epee.

17th year in the Australian and international fencing community.

2008/09 World Fencing Championships, Antalya, 81st.

Has previously lost to Duplitzer and Cheung Sik Lui,

Heading to Commonwealth fencing champs in Melbourne in September.

Best World Cup finish for 09/10 – 19th Florina 13.03.10, 26th Moscow 20.03.10

Evelyn Halls (AUS) FIE Rank: 155

Dual Olympian (Finished 14th at Athens 2004, Top 16 Sydney 2000)

2008 and 2009 Australian National open women’s epee champ (6 times winner in total).

Three third-place finishes at World Cup events in 2000.

Heading to Commonwealth fencing champs in Melbourne in September.

Yeung Chui Ling (HKG) FIE Rank: 75

2006 Asian Games Bronze medallist, 23rd at Beijing Olympics.

Has previously beaten Joanna Halls.

IMPORTANT DATES

Asian Championships – Seoul – 8th July 2010
European Championships – Leipzig – 16th July 2010
Central American championships – Mayaguez – 18 July 2010
Pan-American Championships – San Jose – 4th August 2010
African Championships – 25th September 2010
Commonwealth Games – Doha - 3rd October 2010
World Championships – Paris - 5th  November 2010
Asian Games – Guangzhou - 12 November 2010.