Ones to watch: Wheelchair fencing under 23s World Championships

20/04/2024

The 2024 Wheelchair Fencing Under 23s World Championships get underway in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on Sunday (21 April).

Take a look at some of the athletes who could stand out from the crowd as the next generation of wheelchair fencers take to the pistes.

And do not forget to watch all the action live at wheelchair-fencing.org between 21-23 April. Pictures will be available here and results here.

Hyo Kyeong Kwon, South Korea

Hyo made a big impact at her home Under 23 World Championships in 2023 in Busan, leaving with one of every colour of medal. This included gold in the epee.

The 22-year-old has also landed on top of the World Cup podium in epee, once in 2022 and again last year.

As well as these exploits, Hyo will stay on for the 2024 Wheelchair Fencing Asian and Oceanian Championships which begin on 24 April. On her regional debut in Hangzhou, China, in October 2023 Hyo managed respectable top five finishes across weapons in individual and team events and was part of the bronze medal-winning women’s epee team.

South Korean fencer Kwon Hyo Hyeong goes defensive

Kevin Damasceno, Brazil

Nineteen-year-old Damasceno follows in the footsteps of Brazilian wheelchair fencing greats such as London 2012 Paralympic epee champion and Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Jovane Guissone.

This will be his fourth youth Worlds having first competed in 2018. Damasceno has amassed three medals over those editions and at one point was the sabre Under 23s world champion. At the last edition in Busan, South Korea, he grabbed the bronze.

Damasceno is also an Americas silver medallist in sabre and helped his team win the regional title in that weapon and the foil. In May, the Brazilian will also get the chance to line-up at home at the Americas Championships in Sao Paulo.

Anna Nadasdy, Hungary

Still only 18 years of age, Nadasdy has already shown she is the latest face to look out for in the Hungarian team.

Nadasdy made a stunning international individual debut at the youth World Championships in 2022, leaving with the title in the foil and sabre and bronze in the epee. Since then, she has achieved top 10 finishes at her debut European Championships and World Cups in the foil. Nadasdy is also a regular on the Hungarian women’s foil team who secured the European title in March.

Josh Waddell, Great Britain

Despite his tender age of 21, Waddell could already be considered a veteran of the youth World Championships.

Nakhon Ratchasima 2024 will be his fourth and the opportunity to add to his burgeoning medal collection.

Waddell has won the men’s epee title at the last two editions and has also excelled in foil with a silver in 2019 and a bronze in 2023.

The 2024 Wheelchair Fencing Under 23s World Championships will feature men’s and women’s individual events in epee, foil and sabre between 21-23 April.

The whole competition will be shown live at wheelchair-fencing.org.

As soon as the youth edition finishes, the Wheelchair Fencing Asian and Oceanian Championships will get underway from 24-28 April.