Victor Gantsevich is the Founder and Head Coach of the Dynamo Fencing Club and is the current Head Coach of both the B.C. Provincial team and Senior Canadian National Team.
Maitre Gantsevich began his journey in the sport of Fencing in 1970, and has since become globally recognized for his coaching methods, tournament success, and his unwavering passion and commitment to excellence.
Since graduating from the Institute of Physical Education and Sports of the City of Kiev, Ukraine in 1979, he has led Fencers to championships in the Ukraine, Israel and Canada. Maitre Gantsevich has extensive coaching experience at all levels, working with athletes of all ages and skill.
He currently dedicates the majority of his time and energy to elite High Performance Dynamo athletes. This dovetails nicely with his roles as the B.C. Provincial and Senior Canadian National Team Head Coach. Over the past decade, Maitre Gantsevich has quickly become a beacon for elite level coaching, having qualified nearly Thirty (30) Dynamo athletes to Canada’s National Teams.
Today Maitre Gantsevich still possesses the same vibrant energy in his approach to Dynamo’s youngest Fencers that he had when he began his coaching journey in 1979. Maitre Gantsevich has always been known for his unique ability to shape and guide all Fencers regardless of their age, skill, or socioeconomic background.
He embodies the core spirit of Dynamo’s mission to foster and impart the skills and interpersonal development necessary to excel in athletics, academics and all avenues of life.
He possesses a steadfast dedication to ensuring the growth of the sport of Fencing from the grass roots level to the Olympics. Maitre Gantsevich proudly calls the Dynamo family of athletes and their continued success his greatest passion and has dedicated himself to ensuring an even more successful future for Dynamo’s athletes and for Canadian Fencing as a whole.
- Canadian Senior Men’s Epee National Team Coach – 2013 to Present
- Team BC Head Coach – 2010 to Present
- Coach of Dylan French – 2014 Youth Olympian and World Championships Bronze Medalist
- 2014 Youth Olympic Games Canadian Olympic Team Coach
- 2013 Canada Winter Games Team BC Head Coach – Over all winner of point standings
- 2013 Sport BC Coach of the Year Finalist
Gantsevich’s students consistently achieve high rankings in all levels of competition. Some of his students’ recent accomplishments include (As of 2008):
- Natalie Conrad was the 2003 World Champion in Senior Women’s Epee and the 2004 European Senior Women’s Epee Champion, representing Ukraine.
- Monica Pinnete qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens for the sport of Pentathlon (Fencing, Shooting, Swimming, Equestrian and 3k run). She was 4 th in the fencing event at the Olympics and finished 13 th overall, the top North American result in Pentathlon at the 2004 Olympics.
- Tigran Bajgoric was the North American Junior Men’s Epee Champion in 2003. He represented Team Canada in Junior Men’s Epee at the 2002 World Championships in Turkey and the 2003 World Championships in Italy. Tigran placed 3 rd at the 2006 Senior Men’s Epee Nationals. Most recently, Tigran placed 13th at a Senior World Cup Grand Prix in Kuweit.
- Enej Bajgoric made the Junior Men’s Epee Team for the 2003/2004 season. Enej placed 8 th in Junior Men’s Epee at the 2004 San Jose North American Junior Championships and finished 5 th at the 2004 Junior Men’s Epee World Cup.
- Alexey Cheremski has won numerous Senior World Cup medals.
- Igor Gantsevich is was on the Canadian National Team between 2004 to 2013 winning the following prestigious medals: Canada’s first ever World Cup Team Bronze Medal, 2008 Pan American Gold Medalist, Over 10 time National Event Champion, North American Cup Champion and Finalist and Pan American Games Medalist. www.igfencing.ca
- Gavin King finished 8 th at the 2004 San Jose Senior Men’s Epee North American Cup.
- Tik Maynard is a Pentathlon Canadian National Team Member.
- Dmitry Balashov was the 2003 Junior Men’s Epee Western Champion.
- Janelle Mackoff was a member of the Canadian Cadet National Team in 2005 / 2006 and represented Canada at the 2006 World Championships in Taebaek City, Korea.
- The Dynamo Fencing Club Men’s Epee Team won 2nd place at the 2004 Canadian Nationals (Team members: Tigran Bajgoric, Enej Bajgoric and Gavin King), and 1st place at the 2004 B.C. Provincial Championships (Team members: Dmitry Balashov, Tik Maynard, Markus Rissiek and Igor Gantsevich).
- 2014 and 2015 Canadian National Team Champions Senior Men’s Epee
- 2014 North American Cup Senior Men’s Epee Team Champions
- Emma von Dadelszen is a member of the Canadian National Team and is now on scholarship at OSU (Ohio State University). Emma was the 2014 Individual Pan American Junior Women’s Epee Champion
- Shaul Gordon is a member of the Canadian Senior Men’s Sabre Team and is currently studying in his last year at UPenn University (Ivy League). Shaul is a Junior World Championships finalist, NCAA All American, North American Cup Champion and numerous Canadian National Championships Champion.
You can reach Mr. Gantsevich by email at firstname.lastname@example.org