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Wheelchair Fencing

British Disabled Fencing Association

Contact Email
info@BDFA.org.uk

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What is Wheelchair Fencing?

Wheelchair fencing is Fencing for the physically disabled.

Men and women with amputations, spinal-cord injuries and cerebral palsy are eligible to compete in foil epee (men and women) and saber (men) events. 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.

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.

Benefits

Wheelchair fencing has been described as physical chess and is healthy both in a physical and mental sense.

Equipment

The British Disabled Fencing Association can provide equipment for beginners and once you have been bitten by the fencing bug you will no doubt wish to buy your own.

Facts

  • Wheelchair Fencing first started in Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Campaigns

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Partners

  • Blaby District Council
    Age UK L&R
    Melton Borough Council
    County Sport Network
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    Rutland County Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    Harborough District Council
    QUEST
  • Equality Standard
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Loughborough University
    Sport England
  • Leicester City Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Safeguarding
    North West Leicestershire District Council

Partners

  • Age UK L&R
    Harborough District Council
  • Safeguarding
    Loughborough University
  • Leicester City Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Rutland County Council
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • QUEST
    Equality Standard
  • East Midlands Platform
    County Sport Network
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    Sport England
  • North West Leicestershire District Council