Iulian Badea - Wheelchair Fencing
Date of Birth: May 31, 1970
Birth Place: Bucharest, Romania
Residence: Candiac, QC
Iulian Badea arrived in Canada from Romania in 2003 with his wife, joining some members of his family already in the country. He has since developed a successful career as a physical education teacher at College Jean-Brébeuf and as a national team fencing coach in épée.
Badea, a former competitor for Romania, is the coach at the London 2012 Paralympic Games for Sylvie Morel and Pierre Mainville.
He started coaching both athletes in 2009 and has led them to plenty of international success. Mainville won the bronze medal at the 2010 world championships and Morel is now returning to the Paralympic Games for the first time since 2000.
Badea started fencing at age 10, inspired by the tales of the Three Musketeers novel. He continued fencing competitively until age 28. At 22, he began his university studies in physical education and started coaching fencers a couple of years later. An avid athlete, he wanted to make sure he had a working career in which he could maintain his fitness level.
Badea and his wife have two young children.