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Click on the below link to watch Piers and Dimitri
explain Wheelchair fencing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMSrwYJIlhM

Cash to Splash!



Head Coach Baldip Sahota with Wheelchair fencers Piers Gilliver and Dimitri Coutya


Hillary And Baldip with a cheque for new lightweight wheelchair fencing kit.

To commentate the 25th anniversary of the BPA ( British Paralympic Association ) and their long term sponsor BT
a grant of £25000 spilt amongst 5 clubs was on offer to local clubs.

The Sunday Telegraph received applications from 350 clubs shortlisted to 10, with a panel considered which
5 clubs would receive a grant of £5000

TFC made its application on the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympics, specifically Wheelchair Fencing, with a view to buy a state of the art carbon fibre wheelchair fencing frame. These frames weigh a mere 25 kg compared to the 75kg steel frames currently used which are easier to transport and assemble.

TFC were fortunate to be awarded this cheque of £5000 . We can now offer this exciting sport to many disabled groups and continue to coach the current squad of GB wheelchair fencers who are positive about qualifying for Rio 2016.
We would like to thank BPA and BT for this award.


   

Touche Fencing Club
is pleased to include wheelchair fencing into its club. This dynamic sport is growing in popularity and is a great way for less able bodied people to enjoy fencing.

All three weapons are taught for wheelchair fencing at TFC. Baldip and Hilary Sahota both coach the GB wheelchair Fencing Team, so you are in good hands!

Please bear in mind you do not have to be a wheelchair user to take part in this sport.
 


Shown above are Hilary, Gabby, Craig and Baldip. You can see them at the Paralympic Games 2012!

TFC has a wheelchair frame for fencers to clamp their wheelchairs into, to provide stability for coaching and bouts.
Fencers select their fencing distance depending upon the reach of each fencer, and fencing is maintained at this distance. The rules for Wheelchair fencing are the same as for able -bodied fencing, though the target area is modified for epee.

Here is a link to a recent BBC interview with Gabbi at our club!

Wheelchair fencing

 
 

Gabby Down


Gabby has been fencing at TFC for nearly a year and started when she was 11yrs old. Now 12, she trains twice a week and also takes part in wheelchair basketball and athletics.
She is on the Talented Fencer pathway funded by the BDFA.

Gabby fences Foil and Epee, and has participated in training weekend camps at Worcester, and week long camps at both Bath and Stoke Mandeville.

In November 2010 she was asked to do a demonstration at the Sports Aid charity ball in London in front of over 600 guests. In this guest list were some of the UKs  top 70 world medallist’s and Olympians . Gabby was interviewed in front of this live audience

More recently Gabby represented her country in Canada, fencing older and more experienced fencers. Despite this she fought a close match with the world number one from China
finally losing 14 points to 15 in the Direct Elimination round.

To learn more about Gabby, her achievements so far and Wheelchair fencing with the
British Disabled Fencing Association go to their website www.bdfa.org.uk

STOP PRESS...
Touché Fencing Club can now offer wheelchair fencing courses...
use 'contact us' page for details...