Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing

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Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing
Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing
Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing
Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing
London Olympics, ExCeL Centre

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Fast paced and strategic Wheelchair Fencing Comes to London's ExCeL for the 2012 Paralympic Games, this sport derives from the age-old pursuit of sword fighting and will feature 100 athletes and three different types of weapon.

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What is Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing?


Older than the Paralympic Games themselves, Wheelchair Fencing was one of the original Paralympic sports. Developed by Sir Ludwig Guttmann at Stoke Mandeville Hospital during the years after the Second World War, it made its Paralympic debut at the inaugural Games in Rome 1960. During contests, wheelchairs are fastened to the floor to give the fencers real freedom of movement in their upper bodies. Three different types of weapon are used: the Foil and the heavier Epee (which score points with their tip), and the Sabre (where hits can be scored with the edge of the weapon too). The Foil can only be used on the torso, while the target area for the Epee and Sabre is anywhere above the waist. Fast, fierce, tactical and skillful, Wheelchair Fencing features 100 athletes and should be quite a spectacle.


Who won Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing gold in Beijing in 2008?


There were five events in the Wheelchair Fencing in 2008, these were separated into classes A and B - dependant on level of ability - totalling to ten gold medals available. Individual gold medal winners were:

Épée A - Tian Jianquan (China)
Épée B - Hu Daoliang (China)
Foil A - Ye Ruyi (China)
Foil B - Hu Daoliang (China)
Sabre A - Ye Ruyi (China)
Sabre B - Laurent Francois (France)

Épée A - Zhang Chuncui (China)
Épée B - Chan Yui Chong (Hong Kong)
Foil A - Yu Chui Yee (Hong Kong)
Foil B - Chan Yui Chong (Hong Kong)


Do ParalympicsGB have a chance of winning any Wheelchair Fencing medals?


ParalympicsGB fielded just one athlete in Beijing in 2008, but this is set to change for London 2012. In order to assist newly recruited athletes in GB Fencing, they've been participating in Talent Transition Programme (TTP) - an intensive introduction to an elite sport. British athletes for 2012 include David Heaton, Justine Moore and Tom Hall-Butcher, who achieved 14th place in the men's Sabre Class A at the 2011 World Championships. 


Where will the Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing take place?


The London 2012 Wheelchair Fencing events take place at the ExCeL exhibition centre from Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th September. ExCeL is one of the largest Paralympic venues and will host the Sitting Volleyball, Boccia, Powerlifting, Judo and Table Tennis tournaments. The busy conference centre is based is London’s Docklands and has easy access to plenty of hotels, culture and entertainment destinations, the O2 is less than half an hour away and the historical East London Billingsgate Market is also well worth a visit. To get a better understanding of where all the Paralympic action will be taking place, check out our map of London Paralympics Venues.


When is Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing?


The Wheelchair Fencing begins on Tuesday 4th September and runs until Saturday 8th September. Medal events will take place every day for the duration of the competition. See our Paralympics Day-by-Day Guide for the full schedule of events.


How do I get to the Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing at the ExCeL?


The ExCeL Centre is located just south of the main Olympic Park, north of the River Thames and beside the Royal Victoria Dock. The most used venue outside of the Park, the ExCeL opened its doors in 2000 and is one of Europe's largest exhibition spaces. DLR stations Custom House and Prince Regent both service the ExCeL Centre and you can also access it via the brand new Emirates Air Line cable car that carries passengers across the Thames between Royal Victoria Docks and the Greenwich Peninsula.


How do I get tickets for Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing?


Tickets can be purchased from More than 2.1 million of the 2.5 million available tickets have already been sold - organisers are claiming this could be the first Paralympics to sell out in the 52 year history of the Games. Twitter users could start following @2012TicketAlert, an unofficial feed set up during the Olympics which runs a check on the official site every three minutes and tweets every time a ticket becomes available.


What are the disability divisions for Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing?


Wheelchair Fencing is open to athletes with spinal injuries, lower leg amputations and cerebral palsy. Athletes who require the general use of a wheelchair are also eligible for the competition. The events are split into two classifications: Class A and Class B. Class A is for athletes who have a good sitting balance, with or without support from their lower limbs. Athletes with double above the knee amputation, low level spinal lesion and comparable impairments can compete in this class. Class B is for fencers that who have a fair sitting balance and an unaffected fencing arm. They usually have paraplegia or incomplete tetraplegia with fencing arms that are minimally affected. 


When did Wheelchair Fencing first appear in the Paralympics?


After being developed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital - the birthplace of the Paralympic Games - in 1953, Wheelchair Fencing made its Paralympic debut in Rome in 1960.





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