The competition lead and speed season started in style on 9 and 10 February in NSW. There was a large team of Victorians who ventured north to battle it out for the top spot with Campbell Harrison doing just that coming first in Open A Male for lead.
Also heading to NSW to represent Victoria for lead in Open A Female was Sarah McKenzie (13th), Grace Crowley (14th) and Emma Crow (15th); in Masters Female we had Faye McKenzie (3rd); in Paraclimbing Russell Harrison (1st); Youth A Male Liam Buchanan (13th); Youth A Female Emma Crow (3rd), Grace Crowley (7th) and Bronte Wiggins (9th); Youth B Male Jack Burch (9th); Youth C Female Maya Stasiuk (1st), Zoe Puglisi (5th), Kiara Burch (8th) and Jody Wong (10th) and finally Youth D Female Jaime Wong (1st).
For full lead results, click here.
Many Victorians also took the opportunity to compete in speed while in NSW. Special mention to Matthew Austin who took the clean sweep in Open A Male and Youth A Male coming first in both categories. Close behind him was Campbell Harrison coming 2nd in Open A. Grace Crowley also competed in both Opens and her Youth Category coming 3rd and 1st respectively. Emma Crow was the final Open competitor (6th) with Jessica Buchanan (6th Youth B Female), Jody Wong (5th Youth C Female), Kiara Burch (3rd Youth C Female) and Jaime Wong (2nd Youth D Female) rounding out the youth competitors.
For full speed results, click here.
Congratulations to all those who competed.
It is fantastic to see numbers travelling to interstate competitions increasing as the sport continues to grow throughout Australia on the way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
In recent weeks Sport Climbing Australia also announced the postponement of Open Nationals for 2019 with the date yet to be confirmed. We will update you as soon as a date is confirmed.
If you were planning to head to QLD State Lead Titles this date has also been postponed to a later date to coincide with Nationals.