Biography:

Leonora Mackinnon is a Canadian who was born and raised in England. After representing Great Britain early in her career, including at the 2010 European Junior Championships, by 2014 she was wearing the red and white for Canada and won individual épée gold at the Pan American Junior Championships. She ended that season with a career-high junior world ranking of 21st, despite having to miss the world junior championships after rupturing the anterior talofibular ligament in her ankle and undergoing surgery. A year later she won individual épée bronze as a senior at the Pan American Championships, competed at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and made her senior world championship debut. Growing up in the United Kingdom, Mackinnon competed in the UK School Games where she won gold twice. She also won the Master at Arms Trophy five years in a row at the UK Public Schools Championships. She made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Donald and Marie-Pauline Mackinnon… Siblings Sophie, Isabella and Jamie… Great-grandfather Minotti Bohn was a well-known Norwegian footballer… Getting into the Sport: Started fencing at age 8… Both older sisters were already competing and she wanted to as well… Outside Interests: Attending St. Mary’s University in England part time, pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Physical and Sport Education… Enjoys skiing, cycling, swimming, listening to music, watching movies with friends… Works in a bar… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down but how many times you get back up”… Role model is Roger Federer because of his dedication to his sport and commitment to training which has enabled him to stay at the top of his game for so long… Collects postcards and shot glasses from her travels… Nickname: Leo…