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Commissions and councils

Commissions and councils

International 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



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

Its mission is to examine all issues that concern the athletes and present suggestions or recommendations to any of the Wheelchair Fencing Commissions. Elections take place every four years with the next due to take place at the World Championships in 2027.

hong kong flag Yu Chui YEE (HKG) Member
Andrii DEMCHUK (UKR) Member
spain flag Judith RODRIGUEZ (ESP) Member
italy flag Emanuele LAMBERTINI (ITA) Member
Moez EL ASSINE (FRA) Member

Coaches’ Council

Pascal Godet (FRA)


The International 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.

hungary flag Viktor FECZER (HUN) Member
italy flag Simone VANNI (ITA) Member
iraq flag Saad AL-HUSAINI (IRQ) Member

Development Commission

Peter Brigola (AUT)


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.

greece flag Dimitros KAZAGLIS (GRE) Member
Baldip SAHOTA (IWAS) Member
korea flag Jin Kuk YU (KOR) Member
Matjaz FLEISCHMAN (SLO) Member
USA flag Catherine BOUWKAMP (USA) Member

Disciplinary Commission

Alberto Ancarani (ITA)


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.

argentina flag Cesar ABATTI (ARG) Member
hong kong flag Rudy CHUNG (HKG) Member
USA flag Gil PEZZA (USA) Member

Gender Equity Commission

Mirani Ambrosio Fernandes (BRA)


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 International 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.

argentina flag Susan MASCRIOTA (ARG) Member
USA flag Gary M. VAN DER WEGE (USA) Member
hong kong flag Ying Man LAW (HKG) Member
British flag Gemma COLLIS (GBR) Member
italy flag Daniela SPINA (ITA) Adjunct Member
germany flag Lisa ROSENBERGER (GER) Adjunct Member
Dominique Hornus-Dragne (FRA) Adjunct Member

Promotion Commission

Christina Massiala (GRE)


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.

Alireza POURSALMANI (IRI) Member
italy flag Rossana PASQUINO (ITA) Member
japan flag Yuka FUJITA (JPN) Member
Ana Elizabeth GONZALEZ PONCE (MEX) Member
Cyril MORE (FRA) Member
Stephenie Rodriguez (AUS) Member


Chris Farren (GBR)

Chairperson and Regional Leader (Europe)

The International 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.

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brazil flag Ricardo FERRAZZI Jr (BRA) Member
Guillaume DUBREUIL (FRA) Member
hong kong flag Gerald Chi Hung CHENG (HKG) Regional Leader (Asia)
poland flag Jakub LECZYCKI (POL) Member
USA flag Jon MOSS (USA) Regional Leader (Americas)
georgia flag Tatia APTSIAURI (GEO) Member

Rules Commission

Sean Shumate (USA)


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 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.

brazil flag Carolina ANZOLIN ARAUJO (BRA) Member
Fabien FILAIRE (FRA) Member
British flag Duncan ROWLANDS (GBR) Member
hungary flag Henriette TAMAS (HUN) Member
italy flag Alessia TOGNOLLI (ITA) Member

Semi Commission

Peter Huggins (GBR)


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 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.

Alberto CRUZ GARCIA (CRC) Member
Martina ZMAIC (CRO) Member
germany flag Kai ZIEGLER (GER) Member
hungary flag Dani GYONGYI (HUN) Member
israel flag Gregory GROSS (ISR) Member
poland flag Zbigniew WYGANOWSKI (POL) Member
USA flag Kathy WALTERS (USA) Member

Sport Commission

Daria Marchetti (ITA)


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

It develops the rules for the concession of competitions and accepts applications by hosts in partnership with IWF. 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.

brazil flag Eduardo GOMES (BRA) Member
thailand flag Nunta CHANTASUVANNASIN  (THA) Member

Medical Advisory

Daniel SANABRIA (CRC) Member
hungary flag Erika MISZORY (HUN) Member
italy flag Gianvito RAPISARDA (ITA) Member