Local Woman Overcomes Adversity with the Help of a Local Club

Augusta, GA (WJBF) — Ellen Geddes of Johnston, South Carolina has become quite the fencer, competing in tournaments all over the world. In fact, this August, she will participate in the 2013 Fencing World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. She only started the sport less than a year ago and only after a serious car accident caused her to give up her previous love riding horses.

About 2 years ago, Geddes was paralyzed from the waist down following a serious car accident. Instead of looking at it as an end, she turned it into a new beginning. She found a new sport to love with some help from the Augusta Fencers Club.

Rudy Volkmann, owner of the club, built a special frame so Geddes could compete against other able-bodied fencers.

Ellen and her coaches believe she is on track to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and they encourage anyone living with a disability to give fencing a try. They have summer session classes starting this week (Wednesday, June 5th). If you want more information, check out the Augusta Fencers Club on Facebook.

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