Wheelchair fencer, Stephenie Rodriguez, joins Promotion Commission

14/02/2024

Australian wheelchair fencer, Stephenie Rodriguez, has been appointed as the newest member of wheelchair fencing’s Promotion Commission.

Rodriguez – who specialises in sabre and has recently taken-up epee – became the first woman from her country to compete at an international level since 1968 when she made her debut in 2022.

As well as her aspirations for her and a growing number of teammates for the Brisbane 2032 Paralympics – and before – Rodriguez is also keen to make a contribution to building the profile of wheelchair fencing around the world.

The Australian brings a huge amount of knowledge from her professional career in digital marketing, as well as an entrepreneur and influencer.

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Rodriguez’s drive towards helping countries and organisations meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – particularly those that empower women and girls and support the eradication of violence against women – is embodied in the WanderSafe app.

WanderSafe is used in 57 countries and Rodriguez is the Founder and CEO. Rodriguez is also a TEDx speaker and works with large companies around the globe to ensure that innovation serves those living with impairments. She has also won awards for digital transformation and social media, is an author, motivational speaker and Ambassador for TheGlobalFund.org which works to raise awareness and funding to beat malaria – the cause of Rodriguez’s limb loss.

 

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“I am delighted to use my talents to promote Para fencing, and celebrate all those who work in all the necessary aspects that make Para fencing such a dynamic sport and special community,” Rodriguez said.

“Para sport changed the trajectory of my recovery and has the potential to grow thanks to the accessibility of digital platforms. Behind every fencer, coach, physio, referee, and World Abilitysport executive, there is a testament to the human spirit. I am delighted to bring my professional expertise to help support and grow Para fencing as part of the Promotion Commission and feel it a huge honour to serve.”

Rodriguez will be working alongside other Members of the Promotion Commission and their Chairperson, Christina Massiala, advising on digital strategy and helping to produce content for the sport’s social media platforms. She can be followed across platforms using @DigitalGoddess.

 

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