This weekend the Japan IFSC Bouldering World Cup is being held with a large Australian cohort travelling to compete. 7 male competitors and 4 female competitors travelled including Victorian climber Oceana Mackenzie.
With a nail biting qualification round, Australian’s across the country were cheering their hearts out knowing that for a chance at semi-finals, Mackenzie needed to top her final boulder problem.
Mackenzie topped the final problem in 2 attempts to join a handful of Australian’s who have made it into semi-finals in bouldering. Mackenzie joins fellow athletes Thomas Farrell, James Kassay, Samantha Edwards (Berry), Chris Webb Parsons, Alan Pryce, Tiffany Melius and Chistina Bedard* on this achievement.
The Australian climbing community were ecstatic wishing all the best to Mackenzie hoping to see another Australian reach the finals. Sport Climbing Victoria came together to watch the semi-finals Sunday morning and cheer on the Victorian athlete.
Mackenzie tackled each problem with composure to finish with a final place of 20th in a very strong field. This was Mackenzie’s first ever world cup and was an amazing start to her competition career. We look forward to watching this young crusher get stronger and stronger.
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