In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Eleanor Harvey defeated the world’s number one ranked fencer to advance to the quarterfinals of the women’s individual foil event. With her seventh place finish, Harvey achieved Canada’s best-ever Olympic result in an individual fencing event. That came one year after she helped Canada win team foil gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Harvey has a wealth of international experience, including six appearances at the FIE World Junior Championships where she won individual foil silver in 2014 and 2015. Harvey began competing at the senior Pan American Championships in 2012 and recorded her career-high placement at the event in 2018 when she finished fifth. She has competed at the senior FIE World Championships each year since 2014, posting a top result of ninth in 2018. In 2018, Harvey became the first Canadian women’s foil athlete ever to win a FIE Grand Prix medal, finishing third at an event in Shanghai that featured 47 of the top 50 ranked fencers in the world. Competing collegiately for The Ohio State University Buckeyes, Harvey finished ninth at the 2015 NCAA Championships as a sophomore after winning a bronze medal as a freshman at the Midwest Conference Championships.


Getting into the Sport: Started fencing at age 10… When she was young she wanted to be an Olympian in something; a friend recommended fencing and she was pretty good right away which let her know she could eventually compete for Canada… Outside Interests: Graduated from Ohio State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology… Enjoys going out with friends to the movies, eat international cuisine, and coffee shops… The only job she’s ever had is two stints handing out chocolate dressed as a bunny at a local chocolate store in Hamilton during Easter… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Go Alanna”… Collects Starbucks mugs for her mother from her international travels… Competed alongside teammate Alanna Goldie at The Ohio State University after coming up through the Canadian system together… Nickname: E…