IWAS assisted in the development of the DIY frames ©IWAS

Jamaica has created do-it-yourself wheelchair fencing frames to aid their team towards international competitions in the future, with a higher level of training.

With help from the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS), the frames were made to fix fencing wheelchairs in the correct position during a match.

The DIY style follows on from a similar move in Costa Rica.

Kurt Schmick has helped the Jamaica Fencing Federation develop wheelchair fencing in the nation, having joined the team in 2017 more than 20 years after seeing the sport in action for the first time.

He said it is easy to make the frames from recycled materials. 

"We identified a local welder who was willing to support and we sourced materials locally that we felt would work for our application," he said.

"Over a period of a week we completed a prototype frame which we currently utilise today."

Schmick had attended a coaching seminar in Costa Rica in 2018, where he first saw the frames.

After an unfruitful attempt of trying to qualify Jamaican fencers for their first international competition, he looked towards the equipment.

"We refocused our efforts and continued development, when we were introduced to the frame plans shared by IWAS," he said.

"We continue to train and look for opportunities for development and competition for our wheelchair athletes."

The frames are used in major events, fixing the chairs to the piste so that the wheelchair does not move during a match.