Wheelchair fencing comes to Trinity
Trinity Fencing launches inclusive beginner sessions
Published: October 8th, 2019
DU Fencing club has become the first fencing club in Ireland to offer wheelchair fencing with inclusive training sessions for physically impaired and non-impaired people. A fund of over €17k was passed last year by the Trinity College Dublin Student Union Council for wheelchair fencing to become a reality at Trinity College Dublin. This has been invested into wheelchairs, frames and platforms.
Wheelchair fencing is a brilliant workout which is fast paced, involves lots of strategy and is loads of fun. Athletes get the opportunity to fence with all three weapons; epee, sabre and foil. During a match, wheelchair fencers use their core and upper body to manoeuvre in order to strike their opponent or retreat. The blade work involved is incredibly quick and precise which just adds to the intensity and fun of the sport. With over 100 mobility impaired people and about a dozen wheelchair users at Trinity College wheelchair fencing was introduced to enhance inclusion and make college services more accessible for everyone. Wheelchair fencing training will be integrated into the regular sessions of the club and everyone interested is invited to come along and try it out.
Commenting on the introduction, Frances Quigley said: “Whether you officially qualify for wheelchair fencing or not, we are happy for you to come down and give it a go. We want to see wheelchair fencing grow and expand.”
Once wheelchair fencing is established at Trinity College Dublin, DU Fencing hopes to officially launch the service with other fencing clubs around the country from January. Wheelchair fencing is just the beginning and it paves the way for other sports clubs and events to become inclusive, as Club Captain Stephen Grogan explained: “We are one of the very first few clubs in college that have the opportunity to open the door to wheelchair users and have people try our sport regardless of their abilities.”
DU fencing’s integrated beginners training with able bodied and wheelchair fencers run in the Ancillary hall of the Trinity Sports centre:
Monday: 8am – 10pm
Friday 4pm – 6pm
For more information check out their website or contact DUfencing@gmail.com.