Malinka Hoppe is a relative newcomer to senior international competition after finishing 14th in individual épée and being part of Canada’s fourth place finish in team épée at the 2015 Pan American Championships. As a junior she competed in five FIE Cadet and Junior World Championships from 2009 to 2013. She began as a foil competitor, then competed in both weapons in 2010 before focusing on épée. Her best individual result came in foil when she finished 21st in 2010. As a junior Hoppe won individual épée bronze at the 2013 Junior Pan American Championships. She also posted her career-high year-end ranking of 39th as a junior in 2013.
Family: Mother Maria Christina Montanaro… Younger brother Alessandro Mario Gianni Hoppe… Moved to Canada as a kid because of her father’s work; was supposed to be a five year stay but it ended up permanent… Getting into the Sport: Started fencing at age 11… Had to pick a sport when she moved to Canada and her mother suggested fencing because she had wanted to try it when she was younger but never had the chance… Outside Interests: Studying languages/translation at Concordia University… Works at a café twice a week… Enjoys reading French literature, running, yoga, playing with her dog Cesar… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Think gold, never settle for silver”… Biggest role model has always been Serena Williams because of her mental strength… Has a good luck charm on a bracelet that she always wears with holes in the shape of stars… Nicknames: Mali, Linky, Malinky… Would get annoyed if she forgot to pack her Beats headphones and the charger…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
PAC: 2015 – 14th (épée), 4th (team épée)
PAC (junior): 2013 – BRONZE (épée)
FIE WCh (junior): 2013 – 71st (épée); 2012 – 46th (épée); 2011 – 54th (épée); 2010 – 74th (épée), 21st (foil); 2009 – 58th (foil)