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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

Make your Move

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Local Programmes

Partners

  • Sport England
    Active Rutland
    Safeguarding
    County Sport Network
    Charnwood LSA
  • Equality Standard
    Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby LSA
    Active Leicester
    NWL LSA
  • H&B LSA
    O&W LSA
    Harborough LSA
    Melton LSA

Partners

  • H&B LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Active Leicester
    Blaby LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Active Rutland
  • Harborough LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Sport England
    Charnwood LSA
  • NWL LSA
    O&W LSA
  • County Sport Network
    Equality Standard