MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 29, 2012- John F. Kennedy High School will welcome two-time Canadian Olympic fencer Sandra Sassine over a four-day period to talk to students and do some fencing at their temporary location at 3737 Beaubien Street East in Rosemount.
Ms. Sassine earned a top-20 finish at last summer’s London Games in fencing. She qualified for the 2012 squad in the sabre discipline by winning the 2012 Canadian championship, her ninth national title. In 2011, she won silver at the Pan American Championships to add to her collection of two silver medals that she won at the 2010 Pan American Games in the individual and team competitions.
In both 2008 and 2009, Ms. Sassine won a bronze medal in the team event at the Pan American Championships and an individual bronze and a team silver from the 2007 Championships She earned a seventh place finish at the Beijing Olympic Games in the team event for women’s sabre. At the 2007 Pan American Games, Ms. Sassine claimed a bronze in both the individual and team events. This was following a great 2006 in which she won gold at the Commonwealth Games and silver at the Pan American Championships. Ms. Sassine started fencing when she was six years old in the village of Chibougamau, Quebec, at a club where seven former Olympians trained. Her father, renowned swordsman Henri Sassine, was her first instructor.
Ms. Sassine will meet with Secondary V students in their Athletic Leadership classes on December 3 ( 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.), December 4 (9:40 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.), December 5 ( 9:40 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and December 6 (11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) .