Wheelchair Fencing was introduced to the Stoke Mandeville International Games by Dr Ludwig Guttmann in 1953. It was included at the first Paralympic Games in Rome 1960. Participation is open to athletes with spinal injuries, lower leg amputations and cerebral palsy. Athletes requiring the general use of a wheelchair are also eligible.

Archive film footage of Fencing at Stoke Mandeville in 1956

Terry Willet talks about fencing in the 1970s.

"In the 1970s the two fencing classifications were ‘complete’ or ‘incomplete’: i.e. you either had complete lesions, meaning that you had no abdominal muscles, or ‘incomplete’ where you still had some abs.” Read more

Sally Haynes and Fencing in the 1960s

"It’s not just physical, this sport, it’s a mental thing, out-manoeuvering people with the moves you’re going to make." Read more