Pierre Mainville

 

Pierre Mainville qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in May 2016 when he won the gold medal in men’s sabre at the Americas Championships in Brazil. Rio will mark Mainville’s third Paralympic Games appearance; he also competed at London 2012 and Beijing 2008.

Mainville was Canada’s first-ever world championship medallist in wheelchair fencing in 2010, winning a bronze.

He is nicknamed “The Perfectionist” because his goal is to be mistake-free in every bout. His international record seems to support that approach, winning numerous medals on a consistent basis at World Cups since 2006.

Mainville became paraplegic in 2001 after being hit by a bullet. Six months after the accident, he took up wheelchair fencing. In less than four years, he went from novice competitor to the 2006 World Championships. Now he is considered one of the best players in the world.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

London 2012 Paralympic Games… Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

PERSONAL

Before his accident, Mainville worked as a test technician for a car research and development company. He is now a full time wheelchair fencer and also part of a mentor program called “Promethé” that helps high school drop-outs.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2016 Americas Championships 1st men’s sabre
2014 World Cup (ITA) 2nd men’s epee
2014 World Cup (ITA) 3rd men’s sabre
2014 World Cup (GER) 3rd men’s sabre
2013 World Cup (CAN) 3rd men’s sabre
2012 Paralympic Games 7th men’s sabre
2012 Paralympic Games 9th men’s epee
2008 Paralympic Games 9th men’s epee
2008 Paralympic Games 17th men’s sabre

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Wheelchair Fencing Sabre - Men 8
2012 London Paralympics Wheelchair Fencing Sabre - Men 7
2012 London Paralympics Wheelchair Fencing Epee - Individual - Men Cat. B 9
2008 Beijing Paralympics Wheelchair Fencing Epee - Men 9
2008 Beijing Paralympics Wheelchair Fencing Sabre - Men 15