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.
Wheelchair Fencing at the 2019 Inter Spinal Unit Games
Fencers must meet the minimum disability criteria and be classifiable under the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing classification rules.
There are three classes:
- Class A incorporates those athletes with good balance and recovery and full trunk movement
- Class B those with poor balance and recovery but full use of one or both upper limbs
- Class C athletes with severe physical impairment in all four limbs
Find out more about classification