Nottingham City Fencing Club

Simon Wilson wheelchair fencing for Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

About Wheelchair Fencing

Fencing became a Paralympic Games sport in Rome in 1960.

There are team and individual events for men and women in foil and epee and for men only in sabre.

Athletes are connected electronically to a scoring box that records hits on their opponent. In the initial rounds of the competition the first fencer to score five hits wins but in the latter stages it is the first to fifteen hits.

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In order to compete in fencing at the Paralympic Games athletes must compete while sitting in a wheelchair. Athletes who have had a spinal cord injury (quadriplegic and paraplegic), athletes with lower leg amputations, athletes with cerebral palsy and athletes with other physical disabilities which require the use of a wheelchair are all eligible to compete in wheelchair fencing.


There are three classes:


The International Wheelchair Fencing Committee (IWFC) uses the rules of the Federation Internationale D'escrime (FIE) for wheelchair fencing. IWFC additions to the FIE rule book include regulations regarding the use and position of the wheelchair and the fencer's clothing and equipment. Generally speaking, the legs, trunk below the waist and wheelchair are not valid target areas in wheelchair fencing.