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. In 2013, Van Haaster won his first individual medal, a bronze, at the Pan American Championships. At the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto,  he finished fifth in both the individual and team foil events. Van Haaster made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 and won his opening match. Van Haaster finished the 2018-19 season with a career high world ranking of 22nd, bolstered by a silver medal at the Pan American Championships and a career-best 16th-place finish at the FIE World Championships.


Getting into the Sport: Started fencing at age 10 because he was a big fan of knights and castles growing up… Outside Interests: Attending McGill University for Kinesiology… 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…