11th May 2012
The seven fencers representing Great Britain at the Paralympic Games have been announced, including 13 year old wheelchair fencer, Gabby Down.
Gemma Collis (Aylesbury), Gabby Down (Milton Keynes) and Justine Moore (Blackpool) will make up the young female Epee Team, with an average age of 18 years old. Depending on the final team selections of the other Paralympic sports, Gabby Down is potentially the youngest British athlete to compete at the London Games.
Tom Hall-Butcher (Derby) will make his Paralympic debut in the Men’s Sabre Class A event. Bringing experience to the Men’s Foil team is David Heaton (Blackpool), who has already competed at four Paralympic Games and had retired after Athens 2004 but has returned to the sport in 2011.
He will be joined by Paralympic debutants Craig McCann (Doncaster) and Simon Wilson (Stockport/Nottingham).
Justine Willmott, performance manager for wheelchair fencing, said: “The Wheelchair Fencing Performance Programme has really progressed in this Paralympic cycle and 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."
ParalympicGB fencing team: