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Catherine Bouwkamp

Fencing

  • 2012
Event: Epee, Saber and Foil
Disability Category: A
Height: 5'1"
Weight: 125 lbs
Club: IndySabre
Education: Sophomore at Fishers High School
Coaches: Les Stawicki and Val Kizik
U.S. Ranking: #1 (Epee, Foil and Saber)
World Ranking: #12 (Saber), #13 (Foil) and #20 (Epee)

Paralympic Teams: 2012
Wheelchair World Championship Teams
: 2011, 2010 (Sixth - Saber)
Pan American Wheelchair Championship Teams: 2011 (Gold - Foil, Silver, Epee)

Personal: A former able-bodied fencer who was nationally ranked in the Y12 and Y10 age groups, Bouwkamp was born with fibular hemimelia – a condition in which the muscles in her right leg never fully developed. Bouwkamp says that the "muscles in my right leg will always be much weaker than the muscles in my left leg and, when I was born, my leg was two and a half inches shorter than the other one. So at the time I was approached for wheelchair fencing, I had a limb that was shorter than the other one, I was basically missing a muscle in my leg and I had club foot, flat foot which means my ankle doesn’t rotate whatsoever and that foot’s two shoe sizes smaller than the other one. I was still on the national points list as a Y10 fencer, but as I got older, everyone got better and I was getting farther and farther behind.”

Bouwkamp’s experience as an able-bodied fencer helped her earn quick success on the international wheelchair scene where she won National Championships in all three weapons as a 14-year-old in 2010 and defended all three golds in 2011. Although Bouwkamp trained as a saber fencer, women's saber is not contested at the Paralympic Games and she has added foil and epee to her repetoire.

In August, Bouwkamp won gold in foil at the Wheelchair Pan American Championships and qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games as the youngest member of Team USA.

Recent Competition History

2012:

  • Gold - USA Fencing National Championships (Epee)
  • Gold - USA Fencing National Championships (Foil)
  • Gold - USA Fencing National Championships (Saber)
  • Gold - March North American Cup (Saber)
  • Gold - March North American Cup (Foil)
  • Bronze - March North American Cup (Men's Epee)
  • Bronze - Montreal Wheelchair World Cup (Saber)
  • 12th - Paralympic Games (Foil)

2011
:
  • Gold - Pan American Wheelchair Championships (Foil)
  • Gold - USA Fencing National Championships (Wheelchair Epee)
  • Gold - USA Fencing National Championships (Wheelchair Saber)
  • Gold - USA Fencing National Championships (Wheelchair Foil)
  • Gold - North American Cup D (Wheelchair Epee)
  • Gold - North American Cup D (Wheelchair Foil)
  • Silver - Pan American Wheelchair Championships (Epee)
  • 10th - Malaga Wheelchair World Cup (Epee)
  • 19th - Montreal Wheelchair World Cup (Epee)
  • 20th - Warsaw Wheelchair World Cup (Epee)
  • 20th - Warsaw Wheelchair World Cup (Foil)
  • 22nd - Malaga Wheelchair World Cup (Foil)
  • 23rd - Montreal Wheelchair World Cup (Foil)

2010
:
  • Gold - North American Cup A (Wheelchair Epee)
  • Gold - North American Cup A (Wheelchair Foil)
  • Gold - North American Cup A (Wheelchair Saber)
  • Gold - North American Cup E (Wheelchair Saber)
  • Gold - North American Cup E (Wheelchair Foil)
  • Bronze - Montreal Wheelchair World Cup (Epee)
  • Silver - North American Cup E (Wheelchair Epee)
  • Sixth - Wheelchair World Championships (Saber)

2009
:
  • Bronze - Warsaw Wheelchair World Cup (Saber)
  • 11th - Super Youth Circuit 4 (Y14 Saber)

2008
:
  • 33rd - USA Fencing Summer Nationals (Y12 Saber)

2007
:
  • Sixth - USA Fencing Summer Nationals (Y10 Saber)
  • 20th - USA Fencing Summer Nationals (Y12 Saber)

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