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Jun 25, 2015 2:07 EST

Wheelchair Fencing | Rio 2016 Paralympics Qualification

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 25, 2015

Wheelchair Fencing | Rio 2016 Paralympics Qualification

 

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

At the 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.

I have also 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 am also ranked third and second in Britain in my respective weapons, despite competing against Category A fencers. So 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

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