Events: Epee, foil and saber
Disability Category: B
Education: Post Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology for Special Populations from Helen A. Keller Institute, George Mason University (2002); Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, Advanced Certificate In Infant Intervention, Old Dominion University (1997); Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education K-6, Atlantic Christian College (1990); Associate in Applied Science in Teacher Training for the Developmentally Disabled, Tidewater Community College (1986); Career Studies Certificate in Developmentally Disabled Specialist, Tidewater Community College (1986); Vocational Diploma in Graphics and design, Lake Taylor High School (1976)
Occupation: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at Virginia Beach City Schools United States Army (WAC), Heavy Equipment Operator 62J-10
Clubs: Southwest Florida Fencing Academy and Zeljkovic Fencing Academy
Coaches: Charlie Johnson (foil and epee coach), Dr. Brent Myers (saber coach) and Mickey Zeljkovic (foil, epee and saber)
Family: wife Freda Routt, mom, twin sister, older sister and dogs Sandy Fay and Shelly Ray
Hobbies: Swimming, dancing, creating mosaics, graphic design, traveling, baking and sewing
Favorite Fencing Memory: Finding out she's made the 2020 Paralympic Team
Something People Would be Surprised to Know: She was selected to carry the Olympic torch for the Salt Lake City Olympic Games. Her wife, Freda, wrote an essay about her and her work with children and it was selected.
Current U.S. Ranking: No. 6 (Saber), No. 6 (Foil), No. 7 (Epee)
Current Paralympic Qualifying Ranking: No. 22 (Category B Saber), No. 23 (Category B Foil), No. 31 (Category B Epee)
Paralympic Teams: 2020
Wheelchair World Championship Teams: 2019
Personal: As a kid, Terry Hayes and her sister would pretend to compete at the Olympic Games in their backyard. A member of the varsity lacrosse team at Old Dominion University, Hayes served in the Army and was an early childhood special education teacher. After being diagnosed with Primary Cerebellar Degeneration, a progressive brain disease, and becoming a fulltime wheelchair user, Hayes wanted to remain involved in sports. Doing a Google search for wheelchair sports, Hayes discovered parafencing with a video of Lauryn DeLuca fencing in at the 2016 Paralympic Games. She’s been fencing ever since and will be the oldest Category B fencer at the Tokyo Games.