Fencing

Wheelchair Fencing

Photo:Fencing at Stoke Mandeville, 1956

Fencing at Stoke Mandeville, 1956

film still: Wheelpower



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Watch archive film footage of wheelchair fencing at the 1956 Stoke Mandeville International Games here





Sally Haynes took up fencing in 1964 and won gold at the 1968 Tel Aviv games 

"It's not just physical, this sport, it's a mental thing, out-manoeuvring people with the moves you're going to make; and being in a wheelchair you actually use your finger play, wrist movements and arm-defence faster than an able-bodied fencer." 

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Watch Sally talking about how she trained herself as a fencer here



Terry Willett fenced in the 1970s and 1980s

Photo:Terry, with his back to camera, fighting at the 1972 Heidelberg games

Terry, with his back to camera, fighting at the 1972 Heidelberg games

film still: Wheelpower

"I think because I was a bit of a rough diamond and quite capable of taking care of myself, fencing just appealed to me because it was basically two individuals fighting. You have to abide by the rules, but you're literally fighting and you really want to - not hurt your opponent - but you want to hit them."

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Fencing' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Fencing' page
Watch Terry talking about the importance of fencing to him; this clip includes footage of him fighting at Heidelberg in 1972 here

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