The international lead season started earlier this month with the usual Victorian suspects representing Australia. Campbell Harrison started his campaign in Villars, Switzerland from 4-6 July, followed by Chamonix, France a week later from 11-13 July and finally in Briançon, France from 19-20 July. Oceana Mackenzie joined Harrison in France at both the Chamonix and Briançon events.
Both athletes have demonstrated tremendous improvements over recent years with their continued efforts towards Tokyo 2020. Harrison placed 62nd in Villars, 59th in Chamonix and completed the campaign coming 37th in Briançon narrowly missing semi-finals by just one move. Mackenzie came 53rd in Chamonix and 49th in Briançon.
Both athletes will continue training in Japan ahead of the World Championships as they prepare to make their Olympic dreams come true.
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What’s coming up next?
In August, two of the biggest climbing events of the year will happen with the IFSC World Championships for the adults in Japan from 11-21 August, 2019 and the Youth World Championships for the junior athletes from 22-31 August, 2019 in Arco, Italy.
Representing Australia from Victoria at the World Championships will be:
- Grace Crowley – Speed
- Campbell Harrison – All disciplines
- Oceana Mackenzie – All disciplines
- Ned Middlehurst – All disciplines
And at the Youth World Championships:
- Matt Austin – Youth A Speed
- Oliver Burch – Youth A Speed
- Ned Middlehurst – Junior Speed and Boulder
Good luck to all the competitors in their respective World Championships and a special mention to Ned Middlehurst who is competing in both events, one directly after the other.