Name: Joey Brinson
Sport: Wheelchair Fencing
Event(s): Epee, Sabre
Classification: Category B
Height: 5-9
Weight: 125
DOB: 8/22/1976
Birthplace: Jackson, Miss.
Hometown: Florence, Miss.
High School: Florence High School (Florence, Miss.) ‘18
College: Hinds Community College
Team/Club: Methodist Rehab
Coach(es): Les Stawicki and Julio Diaz
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2012, 2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, pool matches (men’s sabre individual B)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, pool matches (men’s sabre individual B)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – 20th (Category B Sabre), 28th (Category B Epee)
  • Years of Participation: 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Top Finish: 6th – 2010 (Team Sabre)
Personal: After a car accident at age 17 left Brinson a paraplegic, the former multi-sport high school athlete turned his attention to sled hockey before being recruited to compete in wheelchair fencing in 2006. Within just four years, he qualified for his first world championship team. Although he won medals in both foil and epee at the 2011 Pan American Wheelchair Championships, his specialty weapon – saber – wasn’t contested at the Paralympic qualifier. Brinson continued to fight his way through the World Cup circuit to build his world ranking and qualify for London....Son of Betty Clanton…Involved with peer support and other programs and activities in his local area…Hobbies include music, barbequing, fishing, hunting, archery, shooting and other recreational sports and activities.