Sherraine Schalm

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Sherraine Schalm
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Sherraine Schalm (first from the left) at the 2009 World Fencing Championships podium
Personal information
Born (1975-06-21) 21 June 1975 (age 42)
Brooks, Alberta
Weapon(s) épée
Hand right-handed
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
FIE Ranking rankings

Sherraine Schalm, formerly Sherraine Schalm-MacKay (born June 21, 1975), is a former top-ranked Canadian Olympic épée fencer. She is a World Cup medal winner, elementary school teacher and author. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. At the 2005 World Fencing Championships she won a bronze medal in the individual épée event, becoming the first Canadian to ever win a World Championships medal in the sport. The next season, in 2005–06, she won the overall World Cup title.

Born in Brooks, Alberta, Schalm has earned the best ever results for any Canadian woman fencer at the world championships, the Olympic Games and is a four-time medallist at the Pan American Games. She has competed at four Summer Olympics. In 2000 she finished 19th in the individual event. In 2004 she finished 18th in the individual event, and fourth in the team event.[1][2]

Schalm published a memoir, Running With Swords (under the name Sherraine MacKay), in 2005.

In the 2008 Olympic Games, Schalm was widely expected to challenge for a medal, but lost in the second round. She was seeded 9th.[3]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she reached the last 32 but lost to Shin A-lam.[4]

She retired in 2013.[5]


  • Sherraine MacKay (2005). Running with Swords: The Adventures and Misadventures of an Irrepressible Canadian Fencing Champion. Don Mills, Ont: Fitzhenry and Whiteside. ISBN 1-55041-982-X. 

Sherraine has also won two individual world championship medals at the senior level. The four-time Olympian from Brooks, Alta., captured Canada’s first world championship fencing medal – a bronze in individual épée in 2005. She topped that in 2009, claiming a silver.


  1. ^ "Sherraine Schalm-MacKay Olympic Results". Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  2. ^ Randi Druzin (2008-08-01). "Sherraine Schalm's wit sharp as her sword". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on August 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Fencer Schalm out in first bout". August 13, 2008. 
  4. ^ "London 2012 Women's Individual Epee". IOC. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Four-time Canadian Olympian Sherraine Schalm retires after 26 years in fencing". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. September 13, 2013.