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Wheelchair Fencing | Rio 2016 Paralympics Qualification

Natalie Child

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Hi, I am Natalie Child and I am a Category B Wheelchair Fencer and a 2015 British National Champion  trying to quality for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

At the 2014 British National Wheelchair Fencing Championships I was beaten in the final by one point, losing to a Category A Paralympian – someone with a lower level of disabilities than me. That was a really great result and one I’m proud of.

But this year I stepped up. I won the 2015 British National Wheelchair Fencing Championships in Women’s foil and came 2nd in the women’s Sabre making me the new British Women’s Foil Champion and the UK’s No.1 in Foil  - I’m also the UK’s No.2 in Sabre.

I have constistenly defeated more experienced wheelchair fencers in the past and last year was awarded the Most Improved Fencer of the Year award, given to the athlete with the most promise, regardless of gender or category.

I believe that I have the potential to make the Paralympics and am willing to work as hard as I can, I just need some help to cover the cost of competing internationally.
I do not get any funding from my governing body so I have to self fund competitions, and I need to compete in a lot to earn my place on the Team GB Rio 2016 Paralympics squad.

I am looking to raise around £5,000 in funding to cover entry fees to the international events I need to take part in, as well as the regulation kit I need and a new fencing wheelchair – my first wheelchair fencing competition that I need funding for is in October.

Even if I do not manage to reach the qualification points for Rio 2016, competing in the competitions that this funding will allow me to will gain me invaluable experience for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games that I also hope to compete in.

Every bit of support is greatly appreciated, even just £10 adds up, so thank you in advance.

Natalie x

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+Achievements

2015 British National Championships

1st women’s foil - UK ranking upgraded to No.1 2nd women's sabre - UK ranking No.2

2014 British National Championships

2nd place women's Foil (1st was a cat A fencer) 2nd place women's Sabre (1st was a cat A fencer) Ranked No.3 in the UK in both weapons.

Anglo-French competition

1st place women's Sabre 3rd place women's Foil (highest placed cat B fencer)

+Thank Yous and Updates

Paris World Cup results

I competed in the Paris World Cup last week thanks to the help and support of kind donors. I managed to come 5th and 23rd giving me world rankings of 13th and 47th with a Paralympic ranking of 39th so with more competitions I feel I can move up the rankings. Thank you all for your continued support.

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