01/12/2023- Disability inclusion


In preparation for the World Cup in Cardiff in January, British Fencing has purchased and supported the purchase of 22 fencing frames, some of which have already been put to use in the community.

One of the new fencing frames was purchased by Loughborough University, and we recently caught up with them about how it has supported their activities.

Two wheelchair using fencers face off one is clearly on the attack sword thrusting foward while the other leans back to dodge and raises their weapon in defence.

Abigail, a wheelchair-using fencer, said,

“The new IWAS approved fencing frame bought from British Fencing has been a great addition to Loughborough University Students Fencing Club. Not only does it aid training for international wheelchair fencers it also promotes wheelchair fencing to those who fence standing.”

Alasdair, head of Para Sport at Loughborough University, added,

“Having the new frame has been a great addition to our provision here at Loughborough University for disabled students.  Not only does the Frame allow Abigail to train effectively to meet her sporting goals, it also gives us the option to engage other people in wheelchair fencing, allowing us to introduce them to wheelchair fencing.  Likewise it has helped us to create an offer for new students to come in who wish to actively take part in wheelchair fencing.”

It’s great to see some of the frames already in use, and there will be plenty more in the community following the January World Cup in Cardiff.


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