Our Coaches and Staff
Lisa Ciancone - Administrative Assistant, Tournament Coordinator: A parent volunteer, Lisa helps out with administration, and also with the running of most of our in-house tournaments. Lisa holds her Provincial Secretariat License.
Michael Ciancone - Coach: Mike helps with our intro, competitive and elite programs. Mike is also a competitive sabre and foil fencer, and is a provincially certified referee. In his spare time, Mike is a final year Kinesiology student at McMaster University.
Sandra Dulac - Coach: Certified by the NCCP as an Aide-Moniteur instructor and evaluator in foil and sabre, Sandra runs our children's, introductory and competitive programmes, and assists with our competitive and advanced fencers. Sandra is also a Learning Facilitator for the Ontario Fencing Association's Community Instructor certificate and fences foil and sabre in her spare time.
Daniel Effinger - Instructor: Daniel leads our Intro classes whilst working his way up the rankings as a competitive foilist.
Bob Fitzpatrick - Armourer: Bob looks after our equipment, and also helps to teach our fencers and parents how to maintain and repair their personal equipment. He may be persuaded to help you to fix your equipment if you ask him very nicely (and offer him a bribe!).
Logan Fitzpatrick - Instructor: Logan helps with our youth, intro and competitive programs. Logan is also a competitive sabre and foil fencer, and a provincially certified referee and coach.
Terri Fitzpatrick - Treasurer: Another parent volunteer who unwittingly got sucked into The Westdale Vortex, Terri is responsible for the day to day finances of the club, and for keeping us solvent. She can often be found in a corner weeping over the balance statements.
Tatiana Gayowsky - Instructor: Tia helps with our youth, intro and competitive programs, and is a competitive sabre and foil fencer. She is also working towards her coaching and refereeing certifications.
Skye Hobden - Registered Nurse: A nurse at Hamilton Health Sciences by day (and night!), Skye is our first-aid consultant and helps out at many of the events we run.
Sharlene Louden - Conditioning Coach: Sharlene is a certified fitness professional who specialises in promoting activity through play in "children of all ages".
Ranil Sonnadara, Ch.P.C. - Head Coach and Principal: Ranil has been coaching for over 25 years and offers instruction in all weapons. Ranil supervises the coaching staff and guides the development of all of our fencers. By day, Ranil is a researcher who specialises in the development and assessment of complex motor skills. He also sits on the Board of Directors and various committees for the Coaching Association of Canada, and Excelsior Fencing Club in his spare time. For more information about Ranil, please visit his personal or lab websites.