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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Fencing
  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


The Louisville Fencing Center, in conjunction with Jewish Hospital and Frazier Rehabilitation Center, has established one of the nation's premier wheelchair fencing programs. Wheelchair fencing is a sport in which men and women who are physically disabled can compete to the highest level of their ability.

There are three program levels depending upon the nature of each disability:
  • Level A: For fencers who are amputees or polio victims.
  • Level B: For fencers who have spinal injuries where only the legs are affected.
  • Level C: For fencers who have spinal cord injuries where both arms and legs are affected.

Wheelchair fencers wear the same gear and use the same weapons as able-bodied fencers. Fencers sit in wheelchairs that are attached to heavy metal frames. While the wheelchairs remain static, wheelchair athletes must manipulate their weapons to gain touches against their opponents.

The Louisville Fencing Center has developed a state-of-the-art wheelchair frame and is one of the only fencing facilities in the nation that caters to both fencers with and without disabilities. Under the direction of Maestro Stawicki, Louisville Fencing Center is recognized for its outstanding facility and world-class wheelchair athletes.