Name: Ellen Geddes
Sport: Wheelchair Fencing
Discipline(s): Epee Wheelchair Fencing, Foil Wheelchair Fencing
Event(s): Category B Epee, Category B Foil, Team Epee, Team Foil
Classification: B
Height: 5-10
DOB: 7/4/1988
Hometown: Aiken, S.C.
High School: Aiken High School (Aiken, S.C.) ‘06
College: Presbyterian College ’10, Religion and Psychology
Team/Club: Shepherd Swords
Coach(es): Mickey Zeljkovic and Rudy Volkmann
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 7th (Epee Team), 8th (Foil Team), 10th (Individual Foil), 11th (Individual Epee)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019- 9th (Category B Epee, Team Epee, Team Foil), 10th (Category B Foil)
  • Years of Participation: 2017, 2017, 2015, 2013
  • Top Finish: 9th (Category B Epee, Team Epee, Team Foil), 10th (Category B Foil)
Personal: Lists winning double top eights in Kyoto in 2018 as her favorite fencing memory. ...Serves as the facility manager at the Maplewood Farm and Bridlewood Farm as the Breeding Director at Magnolia Sport Horses...A former competitive equestrian, Geddes broke her back in a car accident in 2011 and suffered a complete spinal cord injury at T10. ...While rehabbing at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Geddes met National Team member Dennis Aspy who inspired her to join Para fencing... and won her first medal on the World Cup circuit in Montreal in 2014…Within a year, Geddes had qualified for her first Wheelchair World Championship Team and in 2014 she won her first medal on the World Cup circuit in Montreal...her boyfriend, Will Chase, also fences in a chair and is a coaching prévôt, a French designation for a level of master coaching...Her uncle is a role model because he was paralyzed at 17 and uses a wheelchair…Lives and works on two horse farms she owns in South Carolina – Bridlewood Farm and Maplewood Farm…Owns about 30 horses and runs a breeding program with her business partner.