Pamela Birnd'Amour pumps her fist in celebration Leah Hennel/COC
Leah Hennel/COC

Pamela Brind’Amour


Pamela Brind’Amour has represented Team Canada at three editions of the Pan American Games. After debuting at Toronto 2015, she was part of a bronze medal in women’s team sabre at Lima 2019. Four years later at Santiago 2023, she won silver in women’s team sabre and was a quarterfinalist in individual sabre.

Brind’Amour had another big breakthrough in 2023 when she won silver in the women’s individual sabre at the Pan American Championships. That result was a boost to her qualification prospects for Paris 2024 after being sidelined for most of the qualification window for Tokyo 2020.

In 2019, Brind’Amour tore an ACL just four weeks before the Olympic qualification window was to open in early April. She first opted for rehab rather than surgery so that she could return to competition quickly. But a few months later in July, she tore a meniscus at the FIE World Championships. She went on to compete at Lima 2019 with those injuries and then underwent knee surgery two weeks after returning home. The rehab that followed was the biggest obstacle she’s faced in her fencing career, but overcoming that adversity made her even stronger and more prepared to chase her dreams of competing at Paris 2024.

Brind’Amour has been competing at the senior FIE World Championships since 2014. A career highlight came in March 2023 when she made it to the top-32 of an FIE World Cup event in Athens, Greece after upsetting the world number two in women’s sabre.

A Little More About Pamela

Getting into the Sport: Started fencing at age 11 because her younger brother was a fencer and she wanted to try it… Has wanted to compete for Team Canada since watching Salt Lake City 2002 with her father who explained that the Olympic Games are the pinnacle of success for an athlete… Outside Interests: Pursuing a Master’s degree in exercise science at the University of Montreal… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back – play for her.”

Notable International Results

Pan American Games: 2023 – SILVER (team sabre), 7th (sabre); 2019 – BRONZE (team sabre); 2015 – 5th (team sabre)

Pan American Championships: 2023 – SILVER (sabre), 5th (team sabre); 2019 – 17th (sabre); 2018 – 19th (sabre), 4th (team sabre); 2017 – 13th (sabre), 4th (team sabre); 2016 – BRONZE (team sabre), 22nd; 2014 – 36th (sabre)

FIE World Championships: 2023 – 118th (sabre), 17th (team sabre); 2019 – 118th (sabre), 15th (team sabre); 2018 – 90th (sabre), 12th (team sabre); 2017 – 90th (sabre), 15th (team sabre); 2015 – 85th (sabre), 17th (team sabre); 2014 – 81st (sabre)

Pan American Championships (junior): 2013 – SILVER (foil)