Delphine Bernard

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Delphine Bernard (14 May 1986, Quimper, Brittany, France) is a wheelchair fencing disabled, practising in fencing three categories, foil, épée and sabre.

She started fencing in 2007, after meeting Serge Laher, who became her master of arms at Quimper club Cornouaille, in Finistère until 2013, when she left to Toulouse University Club (TUC), where she is directed by Brigitte Aragou.


Delphine Bernard finished her scientific Baccalaureate, Earth and life Sciences mention, at Kerneuzec high school, Quimperlé, in 2005. In 2009, she finishes her common studies so as to get her degree as a sports educator at Quimper.

In 2006, by chance, Delphine Bernard meets master Serge Laher, in an associations forum where she participated searching to practice sports in her own town. Mr. Laher teaches her fencing handisport, paralympic domain open to motor handicapped people since 1960. She started practicing in 2007.[1] Under Mr. Laher direction, she participates at the World Cup,[2] then in 2012, she gets the fifth place at the foil tournament 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.[1] She goes afterward to the 2013 Budapest World Cup.[3]

In November 2013, she moves to Toulouse University Club (TUC), where she exercises with Brigitte Aragou direction.[4] She had trained nine hours a week under Serge Laher direction at Quimper club.[5] Now she trains four times a week at TUC, with normal and handicapped athletes. She also has personal training articulated with group training with her new master of arms, Brigitte Arago.[6]

In 2014, she participates of the European Cup at Strasbourg, when she gets again a fifth place.[7]

In February 2016, she is chosen, with her team mate Maxime Valet, fencing for the disabled at the 2016 Rio summer paralympic games.[8]

Extra-sports Life[edit]

Delphine Bernard is a member of HOPE association, which aims to promote motor disabled people through competitions, as well as to help athletes who participate in paralympic games.


Wheelchair fencing became a passion for her. She loves competitions and winning. Fencing needs one to be precise, alert, able to adapt quickly,[9] but also to have a great observation capacity, quickness.[5]

Delphine aims to develop sports in suc a way as to integrate handicapped people and promote a true "cultural revolution", according to her, in the world of sports.[10]


Prize list[edit]

Paralympics games[edit]

  • Fencing for the disabled at 2012 London Summer paralympic games : 5th at foil

World Cup[edit]

  • Bronze medal at 2015 Doha World Cup

Europe Cup[edit]

  • 5th at Strasbourg 2014 European Cup[7]
  • * 2009 and 2011, Europe foil team, vice-champion

World Cup[edit]

  • Her first World Cup participation, in 2007, Manchester
  • 3rd épée, 2007
  • 3rd épée, Montréal, 2008
  • 2nd épée, Montréal, 2010[5]
  • 1st foil, Montréal, 2010[5]

France Cup[edit]

  • 2010 France champion, foil, épée and sabre[5]
  • 2011 France champion, épée[5]
  • 2011 France Vice champion, foil and sabre and foil team[5]
  • 1 gold and 1 bronze 2014 France Cup

Notes and references[edit]




  1. ^ a b "Portrait de Delphine Bernard, Escrimeuse en route pour Rio2016". 30 March 2016..
  2. ^ "Escrime handisport la joie de Delphine Bernard". Ouest France. 27 Sep 2013..
  3. ^ "Championnat du monde à Budapest 2013". 3 August 2013..
  4. ^ Sylvain Falize (13 March 2014). "Delphine Bernard a changé d'air".
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Une bretonne à londres, Delphine Bernard" (pdf).
  6. ^ "Interview de nos athlètes handisport:"Delphine et Maxime"". Fédération francaise d'escrime (in French). 5 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b Maxime Valet. "TUC escrime : Maxime VALET et Delphine BERNARD de retour des Championnats d'Europe et à 15 jours des Championnats de France".
  8. ^ "33 nouveaux sélectionnés pour les Jeux Paralympiques de Rio 2016". June 2016..
  9. ^ "Interview de nos athlètes handisport : "Delphine et Maxime" - Ligue d'Escrime de Midi-Pyrénées". Ligue d'Escrime de Midi-Pyrénées. Retrieved 31 May 2016..
  10. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-06-01.