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Wheelchair Fencing

British Disabled Fencing Association

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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

Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

Partners

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

Partners

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