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Ellen Geddes

Aiken, S.C.

July 4, 1988


Events: Epee and Foil
Disability Category: B
Current Residence: Johnston, S.C.
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 150 lbs. 
Education: Bachelor's degree in religion and psychology from Presbyterian College
Occupation: Facility Manager at Maplewood Farm and Bridlewood Farm, Breeding Director at Magnolia Sport Horses
Family: Parents Jim and Anne Geddes
Clubs: Shepherd Swords and Augusta Fencers Club
Coach: Justin Meehan
Favorite Fencing Memory: Winning double top eights in Kyoto in 2018
Who Has Influenced Her Fencing Career: Cat Bouwkamp, who helped her learn the lay of the land and get started internationally.

Paralympic Teams: 2020
Wheelchair World Championship Teams: 2023, 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013

Personal: 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 she says "offered me a weapon and a chance to stab people." 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. Geddes, who will compete at her first Paralympic Games in Tokyo, says she has "always been an athlete, and I enjoy pushing myself to be better and progressing in everything I do."