Wheelchair Fencing

About Wheelchair Fencing

Unlike able-bodied fencing, wheelchair fencing is static; the fencers are clamped to the piste using a metal frame. Beyond this, the sport is largely similar to its able-bodied counterpart. 

ParalympicsGB Wheelchair Fencers Piers Gilliver and Dimitri Coutya explain their sport:

Eligibility

In order to compete in fencing at the Paralympic Games athletes must compete while sitting in a wheelchair. Athletes who have had a spinal cord injury (quadriplegic and paraplegic), athletes with lower leg amputations, athletes with cerebral palsy and athletes with other physical disabilities which require the use of a wheelchair are all eligible to compete in wheelchair fencing.

Classification

There are three classes:

  • Class A incorporates those athletes with good balance and recovery and full trunk movement
  • Class B those with poor balance and recovery but full use of one or both upper limbs
  • Class C athletes with severe physical impairment in all four limbs

Taking Part

Find your nearest Wheelchair Fencing Club by using the club finder on the Parasport website.​ The British Disabled Fencing Association also hold training sessions and a variety of events.

 

Contact the British Disabled Fencing Association on info@BDFA.org.uk for further information.

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