Integrated competitions bring together athletes from different parts of Europe, thus allowing able-bodied athletes to be seated on a wheelchair and fight against disabled athletes in a context of competitive spirit, passion, equality and sharing, making sport a mean of integration and cohesion. Integrated fencing aims at demolishing cultural barriers that surround sport practiced by disabled. The main intent is not solidarity in itself, but rather the sharing of the difficulty of being in a wheelchair by integrating, at least in sports, two realities often considered too different, such as sports for disabled and able-bodied.
In an integrated fencing competition, in fact, are not evaluated the skills of individual participants, but rather the team ones. Each team is composed by either disabled or able-bodied athletes, who will compete all seated in a friendly tournament, convivial, but with a strong competitive spirit, putting in contact young people with disabilities, beneficiaries of the project, with young able-bodied through the sharing of sporting, recreational and leisure activities in order to encourage the peer to peer relations and integration. Thus, bridging the gap between two worlds, often considered divided and separated, giving an innovative feature to a fencing competition.
In this regard, the project involves the purchase of 10 fencing wheelchairs and technical and sporting equipment useful for the proper conduct of the tournament, as well as the financing of all participants needs, such as accommodation, meals, local transport during the entire duration of the event.