Biography:

Maximilien Van Haaster has always wanted to be a world-class athlete and represent Canada on the global stage. In 2011 he competed at both the junior and senior FIE World Championships. He ended his junior career in 2011-12 with a year-end world ranking of 37th. He posted his career-high year-end ranking as a senior in 2012-13 when he was 39th. Van Haaster achieved a career highlight in 2013 when he won an individual bronze medal at the Pan American Championships. In 2015 he posted a career-best result at the senior world championships with his 50th place finish and went on to finish fifth in both the individual and team foil events at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. He made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Ian Van Haaster and Elsa Lo… Younger sibling Émile… Says that thanks to his heritage he has the build of a Dutch giant and the mental concentration of a Chinese monk… Getting into the Sport: Started fencing at age 10 because he was a big fan of knights and castles growing up… Outside Interests: Completed three years of undergrad degree in kinesiology at McGill University… Enjoys watching TV and going to school… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Work hard, play hard”… Nickname: Chino… Doesn’t drink coffee because he thinks it taste awful; prefers green tea…