WHEELCHAIR FENCING


Sir Ludwig Guttmann developed wheelchair, or “adapted” fencing, at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The sport was introduced to the world at the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games. Men and women with amputations, spinal-cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and other qualifying conditions, are now able to enjoy and compete in the sport of fencing.

Wheelchair fencing uses the same concepts of bladework and tactics; however instead of moving up and down a fencing strip, fencers duel in a fixed stationary frame. The fencers' chairs are secured into the frame, so that they do not roll or tip over. All actions take place literally an arm's length distance from one another. Fencers extend their swords and shift their bodies back and forth in order to hit the other fencer. In many ways, the shortened distance leads to a faster, more exciting game.

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Coach Katalin Gasparin
Phone: (817) 876-0980
E-mail: gasparinfencing@outlook.com