NSW State Boulder Titles – Results

Another weekend, another state titles! Last weekend NSW hosted their titles on Saturday 1 September 2018.  5 Victorians traveled up to NSW to represent Victoria.

Ned Middlehurst competed again in Open A and Junior categories.  In Open A Middlehurst finished 6th place and dominated his Junior category coming 1st.

We continued to make the podium with Grace Crowley coming 3rd in Youth B and Kiara Burch coming 2nd in Youth D Female.

Our final competitors were Oliver Burch who finished in 12th in Youth B and Jack Burch finished 16th in Youth C.

Congratulations to all the Victorian climbers!

To see the full results, click here.

We have a break from state titles this weekend, with the next state titles moving to Queensland on 15 and 16 September 2018.

In the meantime, the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Innsbruck are starting today, where we have 3 Victorians representing Australia: Oceana Mackenzie, James Kassay and Campbell Harrison. Good Luck!

Click here to watch live.

Youth World Championships

From 9-16 August, 2018 Russia hosted the 2018 Youth World Championships.  Athletes from 41 countries descended  on Moscow to demonstrate their talents.

The Australian youth team put on an amazing show, finishing with a National Team Ranking of 21st in Lead,  14th in Boulder and 16th in Speed.

Victoria had three athletes representing the state in the National Team.  A massive congratulations to Ned Middlehurst, Oceana Mackenzie and Matthew Austin for your amazing efforts.

Mackenzie made semi finals in boulder and finished in 8th place; made finals in speed and finished in 14th with her fastest time in qualifications at 9.69 seconds; and was just 3 places short of semi finals finishing 29th in Lead.

Middlehurst finished 45th in Boulder, 36th in speed and 43rd in Lead. While fellow competitor Austin, who competed in the speed discipline alone, placed 27th.

To see the full results including how the rest of the Australian Youth Team did, visit the IFSC results page here.

Victorian State Boulder Titles – Results

The boulder season continued over the weekend, this time with our very own state titles.  It was gratifying to see so many Victorians make their way to Geelong to compete.

We had 101 competitors competing across all categories.  The Junior and Youth categories started the show in the morning and the day finished with Open A Finals.

In Open A, Claire Kassay and Sarah Davis had a tight battle on their hands with Kassay winning the day by a mere 2 attempts to top.  James Kassay was a clear winner topping 3 of the 4 problems in style.

For those of you interested in competing at Nationals, this was a qualifying event.  Victorian competitors placing in the top 3 of their category are automatically selected. We will be in contact with those who qualify shortly.

Sport Climbing Victoria would also like to thank our amazing volunteers, as without them, the day would not run.  Thank you to all those who judged, provided food, were isolation stewards and route set for the day!

Also a massive thank you to The Rock Geelong for hosting an amazing event and our sponsors: Bogong, Wilderness Shop, Sea to Summit, Edelrid, Red Chili, The Agent and Juncture for the fantastic prizes.

To view the full results, click here.

ACT State Boulder Titles – Results

The bouldering season continued last weekend, with State Titles being held in ACT.

We had young crushers heading over to represent Victoria and compete. In Youth C Female we had Jessica Buchanan in 6th, Zoe Puglisi in 7th and completing the trio was Jody Wong in 8th.

And in Youth D Female, Jaime Wong placed 5th overall.

Congratulations to all the competitors who travelled to compete!

For full results, click here.


SA State Boulder Titles – Results

The boulder season continued over the weekend with 7 Victorians heading to South Australia to compete, with 2 Victorians competing in both their Junior/Youth categories and the Open A category.

Ned Middlehurst and Bode Tuckerman tackled both categories to come home with 2nd in Open A and 1st in Juniors for Middlehurst and 9th in Open A and 2nd in Youth A for Tuckerman.

Moving to the younger categories Victoria had Liam Buchanan place 2nd in Youth B, Jessica Buchanan place 1st in Youth C, with fellow Victorian Jody Wong close behind in 2nd.  Zoe Puglisi had to count back to the 8th problem to split her and SA local Iluka Leske finishing with 4th place in Youth C. Finally, Jaime Wong took home 1st in Youth D Female.

Congratulations to all the competitors for an amazing result!

To see the full results, click here.


Success! Change our Game Workforce Development Program Funding

We are pleased to announce we have been successful in our grant application receiving funding from the Victorian Government as part of the ‘Change our Game Workforce Development Program’ to further develop our coaching expertise within Victoria with a particular focus on increasing female coaching roles.

For those of you interested in coaching make sure you watch this space for more information

Furthermore, YCCV have been successful in a Telstra community grant which will be used to buy equipment to help young athletes better train for the world stage.

Finally, our friends from Western Victoria Climbing Club (WVCC) were successful in obtaining an Active Club Grant with the goal of working with Sport Climbing Victoria to host some climbing events in Ballarat. Congratulations!

WA State Boulder Titles and Bayside Black Knight – Results

From 21 – 22 July, 2018 the WA State Boulder Titles were held marking the start of the 2018 Boulder Season.   The qualification rounds were held on Saturday followed by finals on Sunday.

We had three Victorians making the long haul trip over to Perth to compete.  Putting on an amazing performance were Luke Humphreys, brother Daniel Humphreys and Bec Leed.

All three competed in both their youth category and the Open A category.  Luke Humphreys came 4th in Youth A Male and 18th in Open A.  Daniel Humphreys made the podium coming 2nd in his Junior category and 17th in Open A.  Bec Leed also finished on the podium coming 2nd in Youth A and 7th in Open A. Congratulations to all the competitors!

Back here in Melbourne Bayside Rock held their Black Knight annual event, utilising black lights to create a glow-in-the-dark experience. Advertised as more a party than a competition, Bayside Rock did not disappoint putting on an amazing show.

Congratulations to winners Oceana Mackenzie, who blew the competition away completing a daring dyno, and Ned Middlehurst who both took out the Open A titles.

To view the full WA State Boulder Titles results, click here.

To view the full Black Knight results, visit our 2018 results page.

Pierre de Coubertin Award 2018 – Luke Humphreys

On Friday June 22, 2018 the Victorian Olympic Committee (VOC) held their annual Olympic Academy where the Pierre de Coubertin Award is presented to representatives from an array of disciplines.

This year the Sport Climbing recipient was Luke Humphreys. Humphreys spent the day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) attending the Olympic Academy followed by the award ceremony where he heard from Olympians Nicole Livingstone and Scotty James. James elaborated on how to balance schooling while excelling at sport.

Humphreys thoroughly enjoyed the day and told SCV, ” I was proud to represent Sport Climbing Victoria and to spend a day immersed in the Olympic values with so many other great young athletes. I took a lot out of the session on injury management and really enjoyed being able to feel the weight of Mack Hortons gold medal. Many thanks to SCV for the nomination and for giving me this opportunity”.

Attending the Olympic Academy with Humphreys were fellow athletes Alana Frankland and Emma Crow. Both enjoying the day with Frankland telling us, “It was really inspirational to listen to the Olympians and it was really great to meet all the other athletes. I had an amazing day” and Crow, “It was a rewarding opportunity to be able to meet Australian Olympians, hear their stories and learn about their journeys getting there.”

The Pierre de Coubertin Award is awarded to athletes who exemplify the Olympic values with a particular focus on sportsmanship.

The VOC explains further:

“His definition of Olympism had four principles that were far from a simple sports competition:

  • To be a religion i.e. to “adhere to an ideal of a higher life, to strive for perfection”
  • To represent an elite “whose origins are completely egalitarian” and at the same time “chivalry” with its moral qualities
  • To create a truce “a four-yearly festival of the springtime of mankind”
  • To glorify beauty by the “involvement of the philosophic arts in the Games””

Named after the founder of the modern Olympics, the award is offered at all levels from Olympic bodies, from state level through to the International Pierre de Coubertin awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Click here to see all recipients of the International Pierre de Coubertin Awardees

This award was first received by Sport Climbers in 2017 with Ned Middlehurst being the inaugural winner. Click here to view recent awards, nominations and significant milestones for athletes from Victoria.

Click here for more information on Pierre de Coubertin.

Clicker here for this year’s wrap up of the Olympic Academy.

Buenos Aires Olympian Ned Middlehurst

After a long wait, the news we have all been waiting for has come through.  On 15 June, 2018 the Australian Olympic Committee announced the addition of Ned Middlehurst to the Australian Youth Olympic Team making history as the first Sport Climber competing as part of the Youth Olympic Game programme.

Sport Climbing Victoria caught up with Middlehurst on his selection:

“I’m very happy to have been given the opportunity to represent Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. It has been a long wait since mid-October last year when I qualified for the spot in Noumea by winning the Combined event at the Oceania Championships, but I would say it’s been worth the wait!

“It will be really cool to compete against some of the strongest Juniors from around the world too, as only the best from each region get to go.

“It’s going to be really different from World Youth Championships as it won’t be a huge category so I’ll get to know my competitors really well. I’ll also be taking Will Hammersla as my coach and trainer for the duration of the comp so it’s going to awesome!”

Middlehurst will head to Buenos Aires to represent Australia at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 6 – 18 October, 2018 with climbing being held from 7-10 October, 2018.

Read more on Middlehurst’s selection and other Australian athletes heading to the 2018 YOG.

Welcome to Melbourne!

For weeks Climbing Anchors taunted us with a new store coming to Melbourne, leaving clues as to where it could be, sending out videos of all their stock.

On Saturday 16 June, 2018 the wait was finally over!  They opened with a bang, offering all those who attended swag, from chalk balls to 1 month memberships from local climbing gyms.

The walls were packed with goodies, including tendon ropes, a very large range of climbing shoes and an entire wall of hardware (carabiners, cams, nuts,,,the list goes on).

To add to the excitement of this new store, Climbing Anchors are offering SCV members a 12.5% discount store wide!  To claim your discount, simply show your membership card* and they will do the rest.

So if you have been holding out for those new shoes, head out to Climbing Anchors, say welcome and take advantage of the member discount.

Climbing Anchors

64A Johnston St,
Collingwood VIC 3066

Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm.
Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm.
Public Holidays we are closed.

*Download your membership card here.