Wheelchair Fencing - Coaches Course
Saturday 29th June 2013
10am - 4pm
Kent ME16 8AE
www.oakwoodhousehotel.co.uk ( see map of venue together with alternative accommodation if required)
£20 each. Please make cheques payable to BDFA
(Accommodation bookings to be made directly with relevant hotel)
Lunch will be provided. Please inform us of any dietary needs.
The day will include information regarding background to Wheelchair Fencing, rules and regulations together with practicalities of working with disabled people. There will be a hands on practical demonstration in the afternoon.
*Please note the course will be featuring physical disability
BDFA are grateful for the support from EDF in supporting this event
Please complete details of attendees
Cheques made payable to BDFA
£20 per person
Please send to;
Mrs S Body
Kent TN29 9UQ
Please come along and make some noise supporting the Team GB Wheelchair Fencers.
|Tom Hall Butcher ||Foil & Sabre|
|Simon Wilson||Foil & Epιe|
|Craig McCann||Foil & Epιe|
|David Heaton ||Foil & Sabre|
|Gemma Collis ||Foil & Epιe|
|Gabi Down ||Foil & Epιe|
|Justine Moore ||Foil & Epιe|
|Vivien Mills ||Epιe & Sabre|
|Dmitri Coutya ||Foil & Sabre|
|Piers Gilliver ||Foil & Epιe|
|Gemma Collis||Foil & Epιe|
|Gabi Down ||Foil & Epιe|
|Justine Moore||Foil & Epιe|
|Dmitri Coutya ||Foil & Sabre|
|Piers Gilliver||Foil & Epιe|
Great Britain will have seven wheelchair fencers competing at London 2012 after ParalympicsGB announced their team for this summers Games.
Britain had just one competitor in wheelchair fencing at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Six of the seven fencers selected for London 2012 will make their Paralympic debuts and the young female epee team of Gemma Collis, Gabby Down and Justine Moore has an average age of 18.
Down, who is 14 later this month, is likely to be one of the youngest British athletes to compete at the 2012 Games.
Tom Hall-Butcher will also make his Paralympic debut when he competes in the mens sabre Class A event, while David Heaton, who will be competing in his fifth Paralympic Games, will provide a wealth of experience to the mens foil team.
Heaton retired after Athens 2004 but returned to the sport in 2011 rejuvenated and motivated by the developing programme structure and will join Paralympic debutants Craig McCann and Simon Wilson.
Since Beijing, the sport has focussed on recruiting top fencing talent and membership of the British Disabled Fencing Association has tripled in the past two years.
In addition, the whole team has benefitted from participating in the BPAs Talent Transition Programme, a six-month programme designed to fast-track athletes.
ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission Craig Hunter: To have seven fencers selected to represent ParalympicsGB in London is a great achievement and the sport should be congratulated for all the hard work that has gone into getting such a massive increase from the one athlete we had in Beijing.
"It is a testament to the dedication of the athletes involved, the work done by British Disabled Fencing Association and the BPAs talent development programmes, that we are in a position to select so many more world-class athletes from this sport this time around."
Justine Willmott, Performance Manager from Wheelchair Fencing, added: It is great that ParalympicsGB will have a much larger team size for Wheelchair Fencing at the London 2012 Paralympics.
"As well as having two fencers competing in the individual events, there will be representation in both the male and female team events."
On Thursday ParalympicsGB announced the final place in the sailing team for London 2012 was to be filled by Helena Lucas.
ParalympicsGB wheelchair fencing team:
The BDFA was saddened to hear
of the death of Peter Vicarey.
Peter represented GB in wheelchair fencing at both the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
Peter was a highly competitive international fencer who represented GB at World Cups, World & European Championships. He also inspired many new fencers through his support with the Junior Games.
He was a great ambassador for his country and liked by all who knew him on the fencing circuit. He is warmly remembered for his sense of humour and fun.
Peter passed away in the early hours of Saturday 11th February.
The funeral will take place on Monday 27th February 1.45pm at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, Eastleigh, Southampton S030 2HL. All are welcome
Family flowers only. Donations invited for Cancer research. Please forward any donations to Waterside Funeral Home 13-15 The Marsh, Hythe, Hampshire, SO45 6AJ
Peter will be greatly missed by his friends and team mates. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this time.
Some of the nations top disabled athletes will be in Buckinghamshire this weekend to compete in the National Wheelchair Fencing Championships.
Twelve of Britains best disabled fencers will compete at the Olympic Village in Stoke Mandeville, organised by the British Disabled Fencing Association (BDFA). Amongst the competitors is a former Paralympic bronze medallist, as well as some of the sports rising stars.
This year there will be a female competition for the first time in over ten years and also a junior event. Winners of the national title will be considered for selection for World Cup events and additional coaching sessions with BDFA National coach Laszlo Jakab. Some of those competing have already been selected to take part in a World Cup event in Warsaw, Poland.
Justine Willmott, Performance Manager from the British Disabled Fencing Association, says:
Wheelchair fencing is exciting to watch and wed love to see as many local people as possible coming down to the Olympic Village to see it in action and also have a go on our taster piste. It is a Paralympic sport and the British Disabled Fencing Association would like to see more disabled people taking part in Wheelchair Fencing and enjoying the challenges this sport has to offer.
A number of senior managers from Cadbury UK have been working with the organisers to help raise the profile of the sport and provide help on a voluntary, pro-bono basis. Some of those managers will be in Stoke Mandeville to help run the championships.
Alistair Gaunt, Customer Marketing Controller for Cadbury UK and who is helping with the event, says:
A team of six senior managers from Cadbury were initially paired with the BDFA to work with them as part of a Leadership Development program. However following the program we were all inspired to voluntarily continue working with them, as we felt we could help develop the sport of wheelchair fencing. The BDFA is a small organisation that does some fantastic work, so by helping to raise their profile, and helping to make sure their national championships runs smoothly, we hope to make a real difference. We cant wait to watch some top class fencing action, too!
19 year old Tom Hall-Butcher, from Alfreton in Derbyshire, who has cerebral palsy, will be competing this weekend: Ive been fencing for six years and Ive got to the point now where I really want to be the best in the country. More and more disabled athletes are getting involved in fencing and the sports getting more competitive all the time, so Im looking forward to a tough weekend of competition. Having the Paralympic Games coming to the UK has given all of us an extra incentive to be the best we can be.
The National Wheelchair Fencing Championship is being held this weekend (1st, 2nd and 3rd of August). The venue is Stoke Mandeville Stadium the "home of wheelchair sport".
The championship is electric and runs in all three weapons Foil, Epee and Sabre with prizes for each of the weapons and a master at arms trophies for the best overall fencer.
The British Disabled Fencing Association (BDFA) website now includes a news feature.