Maximilien Van Haaster (B.Ed. Kinesiology ’16), of our Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, is one of three McGill athletes representing Canada at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, August 5th to 21st.
From Montreal, Quebec, Van Haaster won an individual bronze medal at the 2013 Pan American fencing Championships, and finished fifth in both individual and team foil events at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
McGill’s first-ever Olympian was the legendary Percival Molson, who competed in track and field at the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis. Six McGill students have struck gold, five of them at the Winter Olympics. These include Education alumni Kim St-Pierre (BEd (PE-Kin) 2005), and Charline Labonté (BEd (PE) 2012, MA (Sport Psych.) 2015). Swimmer George Hodgson, who reached the top of the podium twice at Stockholm in 1912, is the only McGillian to strike gold at the Summer Olympics.