FeNZ is introducing the U23 age class ready for the 2014 fencing year.
The new class will be an incentive to fencers coming out of Juniors (U20) who are keen to continue competing.
An U23 Championship competition has been added to the 2014 FeNZ calendar, and regions will progressively introduce regional U23 events to their calendars. An U23 ranking list will also be introduced for 2014.
The U23 age class has been introduced on a trial basis by the FIE and the various Zone organisations, specifically to attract and retain this age group. The U23 events held around the world over the last couple of years have proven very popular and it is anticipated that they will become formal FIE events in the near future.
This year's Asian Zone U23 was held recently in Kuwait, with one New Zealander, Will Bishop, and a number of Australian fencers attending.
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