Wheelchair fencing was first developed by Sir Ludwig Guttmann at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and was introduced at the Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960. Para athletes with amputations, spinal-cord injuries and cerebral palsy are eligible to compete in the foil epee (men and women) and saber (men) events. Wheelchairs are fastened to the floor during the competition. In Wheelchair fencing the competitors try to strike the target area on their opponent’s body using a long, blunt-tipped blade.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 89 Para athletes from 18 countries competed in 14 different medal events.
For more information on Wheelchair fencing visit the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation.
Wheelchair fencing is not currently delivered widely in New Zealand, but register your interest now and we will help you to find a Para sport for you in your local area!