By Sara Ametrano
After being postponed last year, the Summer 2020 Olympics are set to kick off on July 23rd in Tokyo, Japan. Trisura always enjoys cheering on Canada’s athletes, but this year there is even more excitement. This summer, we’re sponsoring one of Canada’s competitors – fencer Alanna Goldie!
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Alanna has been passionate about the sport from a young age, as she comes from a family of fencers. “My sister started fencing when I was two years old, so I grew up around the sport,” she says. “My brother fenced too, and my dad was previously president of Canadian Fencing. When I was eight, I was finally allowed to take my first class and I never looked back!”
Tokyo 2020 will be Alanna’s first Olympics, but she is no stranger to large competitions. Specializing in foil fencing, she is a decorated athlete with many podium appearances, including silver for team foil at the 2018 Pan American Championships, and bronze at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games for mixed team, among many more. Alanna also made history at the Canadian Championships in 2010. At the tournament, she became the first woman ever to win three national titles in the same year (Cadet, Junior and Senior divisions).
Although she has competed on some of the world’s biggest stages, Alanna’s sights were always set on the Olympics. She recounts the emotional moment her team realized they would be going to Tokyo: “At the last team qualification competition in Russia, my team and I need the USA team to win a certain bout in order for us to qualify as a team. Watching that match, I could hardly breath. The second they won the match, everyone on my team, including myself, starting hugging and crying. A truly unforgettable feeling!”
Alanna, now 27 years old, has been training for this moment for most of her life. When thinking about the Games, she is most looking forward to competing with her team, saying, “We’ve been working so hard and I can’t wait to show the world what we’ve got!”
Through training and competing, life can get hectic, which is why Alanna makes a point of doing other activities she enjoys. During the off-season, and when she isn’t training in the gym, Alanna can be found spending time in nature. She loves hiking and camping, and especially any activity where her dog, Zola, can join.
Alanna knows the importance of learning and persistence. Throughout her career, she has seen highs and lows, and she values both equally. When asked if there was one message she can pass along to kids who also dream about one day competing in the Olympics, she draws from her personal experience:
My advice for young athletes is to never be afraid of failure. As an athlete, you’re going to fail often, fail hard and fail a lot, but it’s through every failure that you grow more as an athlete and as a human!