Wheelchair fencing is a fast-passed, technique centered game. Since its Paralympic debut, in 1960, the sport has grown in participation and in technological advancements.

There are three types of weapons wheelchair fencers compete in; Epee, Foil & Sabre. Each weapon has different blades, and scoring areas in which to get points. The objective in wheelchair fencing is for the athlete to score 5 points (or the greatest number of hits) against his/her opponent in pool bouts, 15 points in direct elimination matches. Athletes are connected electronically to a signal box that records the touches of the weapon. A point is awarded each time a fencer touches the opponent in the target area.

In foil, points are scored with the tip of the blade and must land within the torso of the body.  In sabre, the target area is any part of the body above a horizontal line drawn between the top of the folds formed by the thighs and by the trunk of the fencer.  In epée competitions, the target is everything above the waist with an apron being worn below the waist to aid in cancellation of these touches.

The fencer with the shortest arms decides if the playing area will be at his distance or that of his opponent. During play, the fencer holds the fencing weapon in one hand. The other hand is used to hold onto the wheelchair when lunging and recovering. Feet must remain on the footrest and the fencer must remain seated.


There are three divisions of competition based on disability classification. Athletes are classified into one of three classes” A, B, or C.  However, class C competitors do not compete at the Paralympic Games.

  • Class A (athletes with full trunk movement and good balance)
  • Class B (athletes with no leg movement and impaired trunk and balance functions)
  • Class C (athletes with a disability in all four limbs)


Prairie Fencing Club – Saskatoon

510 Cynthia St, Saskatoon, SK S7L 7K7

Asquith Garde Fencing Club – Asquith

385 Charles St, Asquith, SK S0K 0J0

Regina, Melfort and Swift Current Clubs have the equipment to have wheelchair fencing,  but they don’t have any athletes currently who participate.



Sask Fencing Contacts:

John Shurniak, Executive Director: ed@skfencing.ca

John Brunning, Technical Director & Provincial Coach: coach@skfencing.ca

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