What is Wheelchair Fencing?
Wheelchair Fencing started just after World War II by Dr Ludwig Guttmann as a rehabilitation technique. It appeared within the first Paralympics in Rome in 1960 and has grown since in popularity. It is for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, amputations and spinal cord injuries, and can be played in singles and/or teams.
Who Can Take Part?
Wheelchair Fencing can be played by individuals with Cerebral Palsy, amputations and spinal cord injuries.
Whilst Wheelchair Fencing does not have a single class for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Wheelchair Fencing does have pre-defined rules on classification whereby individuals are classified by functional ability and movement. With classification going from the most affected to less affected, individuals with Cerebral Palsy will be put into a classification based upon their ability to do certain functional tasks.
International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports
Wheelchair Fencing is governed by the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Association (IWAS)