In fencing, it's about hitting your opponent without being hit yourself. Technology, tactics and speed are therefore very important, also with wheelchair fencing. Wheelchair fencing is therefore a flashy and challenging paralympic sport!
In wheelchair fencing, the wheelchairs are fixed in a frame. You do not drive your wheelchair while fencing. Wheelchair fencing is therefore suitable for young and old and also for fencers who are not permanently seated in a wheelchair but can also exercise while walking. The result is that wheelchair fencers within their association train with walking fencers, the pedestrians. This means that the most ultimate form of inclusiveness can be spoken of.
Wheelchair fencing was practiced in competitions for the first time in 1952 during the International Stoke Mandeville Games in Great Britain. Wheelchair fencing was already on the program during the first Paralympic Games in 1960. Since then, wheelchair fencing has been a regular feature at the Paralympic Games. After a long absence, wheelchair fencing has been operating in the Netherlands since 2011. At present, various associations have fencing offering for wheelchair users, this number is growing.
In the Netherlands wheelchair users can participate in a limited number of regular competitions. Specific wheelchair fencing tournaments are still incidental at the moment. Dutch wheelchair fencing can also participate in a number of international wheelchair fencing tournaments.
The Dutch Wheelchair Fencing Foundation wants to change this by organizing (international) sporting events in general and (wheelchair) fencing events in particular, including competitions, clinics and training camps, also intended to raise awareness of the (wheelchair) fencing sport for a wider audience and providing support to the (wheelchair) fencing sport both in the Netherlands and abroad.