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Commissions and councils

Commissions and councils

IWAS Wheelchair Fencing’s job as the global governing body of the sport is to support its development around the world, ensure the rules are applied, involve athletes and help wheelchair fencing evolve.

To do this, and to reflect the model of the International Fencing Federation (FIE), IWAS Wheelchair Fencing has established various Commissions. These work independently and together to carry out different roles but all with one aim – to help wheelchair fencing grow.

Athletes' Council

Yu Chui Yee


The Athletes’ Council is the voice of wheelchair fencers within IWAS Wheelchair Fencing.

Its mission is to examine all issues that concern the athletes and present suggestions or recommendations to any of the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Commissions. Elections take place every four years with the next due to take place at the World Championships in 2021.

Coaches’ Council

Pascal Godet


The IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Executive Committee can consult the Coaches’ Council on any subject it deems appropriate including all technical questions linked to fencing rules, training methods, training of coaches and instructors.

In turn the Coaches’ Council can propose to the Executive Committee all measures, which could contribute towards improving the techniques of fencing.

Development Commission

Peter Brigola


The Development Commission’s role is to implement an annual plan of activities to involve more regions, more countries and more athletes in wheelchair fencing.

It also monitors and advises the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Executive Committee on the implementation of development activities and the allocation of funding for this important area.

Disciplinary Commission

Alberto Ancarani


The Disciplinary Commission is responsible for dealing with all infractions of the regulations, of the discipline or of sport ethics in wheelchair fencing.

It will develop a disciplinary ruling for athletes, referees, organisers and all other entities involved in wheelchair fencing in compliance with those of IWAS.

Gender Equity Commission

Christina Massiala


The Gender Equity Commission advocates and advise on issues of gender equity, including strategies and policies towards the full inclusion of women and girls at all levels of IWAS Wheelchair Fencing.

It develops programmes to increase women’s participation in all aspects of the sport. It also ensures equal opportunities in the management and participation of women.

Promotion Commission

Ksenia Ovsyannikova


The Promotion Commission is responsible for supporting national federations to promote wheelchair fencing in their countries.

It works to promote the sport around the world.


Jon Moss


The IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Referee Commission is responsible for training referees. It establishes educational programmes and maintains the different levels of referees for the sport. It supervises the functioning of the referees at all official competitions and the strict application to the rules and regulations by the referees.

It will propose to the Rules Commission, if necessary, the modifications of the rules as a consequence of refereeing. It maintains a permanent file of referees, their categories, dates of their diploma and performance, and organises training seminars.

The Referee Commission makes proposals to the Executive Committee on which referees should be appointed to take part in official competitions, when they are required. The members of the referee commission may not act as referees in official competitions.

Rules Commission

Emmanual Bogdos


The main function of the Rules Commission is the development of competition regulations, their review, updates, refinement and publication.

It prepares wording and proposes changes to the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Executive Committee to approve. It then presents any modifications to the Sport Assembly for debate and ratification and recommends the dates for implementation.

It is also the appropriate commission for all annex regulations related to the organisation and development of competitions.

Semi Commission

Peter Huggins


The Semi Commission will develop the regulations that the sport equipment used in wheelchair fencing must meet.

It will establish the necessary protocols, so that the various pieces of equipment can be homologated by the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Executive Committee. The commission establishes all sport equipment for official competitions and sets up the test type programme for this equipment. It will advise the Rules Commission on the wording for regulations around sports equipment.

Sport Commission

Arno Perillier Schneider


The Sport Commission is responsible for the official IWAS Wheelchair Fencing competition calendar.

It develops the rules for the concession of competitions and accepts applications by hosts in partnership with IWAS. It is responsible for all rules and regulations relating to the organisation and development of competitions, and appoints the Technical Delegate.

It also looks after the rankings, including updates.