Wheelchair fencing are 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. Their wheelchairs are fastened to the floor during competition.
All wheelchair fencers have an impairment of their legs or feet that prohibits them from competing against standing, able-bodied fencers. They all compete in wheelchairs and are allocated to one of the two sport classes (category A or category B) depending on their trunk function.
Who is eligible for wheelchair fencing?
- Impaired muscle power
- Limb deficiency
- Impaired passive range of movement
- Leg length difference
All wheelchair fencers have an impairment of their legs or feet that prohibits them from competing against standing, able-bodied fencers. They all compete in wheelchairs, and are allocated one of the below sport classes depending on their trunk function. This is because the wheelchairs cannot be moved during competition to get closer to the opponents or to avoid the opponent’s attack, so that the athletes rely on moving their upper body while sitting in the chair.
|Category A||Fencers in category A have good trunk control, allowing them to bend forward and sideways explosively when attacking their opponent or dodging an attack. Also, their fencing arm is fully functional. Fencers in this sport class have lower limb deficiency or paraplegia, for example. Not all of fencers in this category use a wheelchair in their daily life.|
|Category B||Category B fencers have an impairment that impacts their legs as well as their trunk or their fencing arm. Some of the fencers, for example, have incomplete tetraplegia. You will see them support their trunk movements with their non-fencing arm to effectively attack the opponent.|
|INTERNATIONAL WHEELCHAIR AND AMPUTEE SPORTS FEDERATION (IWAS). FENCING|
|Address||International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Aylesbury College Oxford Road Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP21 8PD United Kingdom|
|Phone||+44 1296 780212|
|Main Contact||Pal Szekeres|
|MALAYSIAN FENCING FEDERATION|
|Adress||8486, Kelana Jaya, 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia|