Sport Climbing Victoria & Outdoors Victoria – WE’RE HIRING

Sport Climbing Victoria and Outdoors Victoria are hiring.

Climbing Development Officer

Outdoors Victoria

The Climbing Development Officer, a part time role reporting to the CEO of Outdoors Victoria – peak body for the outdoors sector in Victoria, will be responsible for developing and implementing a climbing governance reform project in Victoria as well as supporting existing climbing governance organisations. The project involves support for volunteering /community groups; facilitating community consultations and stakeholder engagement and planning and execution of events.

This is an exciting role for a high energy person, with project management experience, who wants to be involved in a legacy piece of work. Additional support for Sport Climbing Victoria will involve planning and execution of competition events, administrative support for the board of directors and supporting fundraising activities which will comprise of half of the funded role.

Check out this exciting opportunity to build the climbing community.

For a full job description you can find all the details at :-


Applications Close 9.00am, Tuesday 4 February 2020.


Membership Renewal – 2020

What time is it?  It’s time to join Sport Climbing Victoria for 2020!

Join Sport Climbing Victoria before the Vic State Lead Titles and go into the draw for a fantastic pair of La Sportiva climbing shoes, kindly donated by our fantastic supporters, Bogong Equipment.

Not only can you win these shoes but you will receive discounts from Melbourne’s leading outdoor stores, Paddy Pallin, Climbing Anchors, Bogong Equipment and The Wilderness shop ranging up to 20%. You will also receive our monthly newsletter. For more information check out our member benefits.

You have the option to join as a state member or a national member.  State membership entitles you to compete in all Victorian events.  National membership allows you to compete in interstate state events and national events.

With the Lead and Speed titles coming up in Feb and March, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cups, now is the time to get on board.

Join Us

Victorian Lead State Titles

Victorian State Lead Titles Feb 29 – Mar 1

Cliffhanger Indoor Climbing Gym will be hosting the 2020 Victorian State Lead Titles Feb 29 – Mar 1

$1,000 on offer to the Female and Male winners of Open A.

It will be a fantastic weekend of climbing from all age groups, make sure to put the dates in your calendar and watch out for the volunteer form.

Stay tuned for more information.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Wishing all our SCV members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We would like to wish all our members and associates all the best this Christmas and a Happy New Year, safe travels and see you in the New Year. Here’s to an exciting 2020 and Sport Climbing entering the Olympics!

Speed Titles are on the 14th of February 2020 at Gravity Worx – More information to follow.

Look out for our first Newsletter in January with more information on the Lead, Speed Titles and our membership renewal drive early January.


December 5th is World Volunteer Day and Sport Climbing Victoria Say, “Thankyou”

Today is “International Volunteer Day” and where would be without all the amazing volunteers we have!

Lead, Speed and Boulder Titles all take a huge amount of work from the gyms and large volunteer numbers are always required. We had the largest competition sign ups ever in 2019.

Adaptive Climbing Victoria could not have achieved such a fantastic inclusion rate without all the volunteers to help run the Come and Try day’s and not to mention the SCV board and ACV board which are run entirely by volunteers. 

We put the call out and you answered. Thank you to everyone who has helped us throughout the year, we couldn’t achieve all the things we do without you. THANK YOU.


“Volunteer for an Inclusive Future 2019”

#volunteer4inclusion #IVD2019

all photos by Yvette Harrison


Aboriginal Cultural Values Rediscovered at Arapiles

Declaration Crag, Mt Arapiles (

There has been a re-discovery of rock art at Taylor’s Rock (Declaration Crag). Barengi Gadjin Land Council shared this news with the Rock Climbing Roundtable in advance of a public statement as a positive story of celebration and a demonstration of their faith in the climbing community to do the right thing.

They respectfully ask all users of the park (not just climbers) to abide by the restrictions being put in place at the site whilst they as a community decide what they would like to do with this discovery and the site for the future. As a climbing community we feel honoured by this gesture of faith and celebrate this amazing discovery.

Sport Climbing Victoria are enthusiastic about the potential this discovery holds to increase the value of a special place where climbing & cultural heritage can co-exist.

Congratulations Barengi Gadjin Land Council.

Adaptive Climbing Training Camp

1-SCV AGM & Awards

Such a fantastic weekend with a training camp hosted by North Walls Indoor Climbing to aid the Adaptive Climbing Community.

Setter, Carlie LeBreton  was flown down by Sport Climbing Australia and together with Victorian setter, Anaya Brain were in attendance to further enhance their skills as setters for the many different classifications in a Paraclimbing competition setting.

Sian Spencer and Katie Kaminski (AVC) (Physios) both from the SCA Paraclimbing Sub Committee were in attendance to teach warming up, cooling down and climbing techniques to suit the climbers needs, while AUS Youth Team Coach Sophie Bell came along on Sunday to help assist and offer her skills. Australian Paraclimbing Team member, Russell Harrison and Adaptive Climbing Victoria members, Sarah, Minty and Julie came along to both days and would all agree it was a fantastic weekend filled with learning all about competition format, warm ups and cool downs, technique to aid their adaptive needs but most importantly they had a fantastic time supporting each other, laughing and together how we can achieve amazing things.

Thank you to Nick and North Walls Indoor Climbing, the staff and SCA for making the event as great as it was.

Can’t wait till the next one and thankyou to everyone who made it happen!

If you would like to be involved in Adaptive Climbing contact :-

Thank you Yvette Harrison for the photos

Adaptive Climbing Victoria – Movie Night

Adaptive Climbing Victoria – Movie Night

Adaptive Climbing Movie Night - Russell

The Adaptive Climbing community came together for a movie night held at North Walls Indoor Climbing Gym for a fantastic nights entertainment.  Stirling Rope were on board with a full bag of goodies for the crowd and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the movie, “Adaptive” starring, Maureen Beck and Jim Ewing. 🤩The crowd heard from Adaptive Climbing Board member, Katie Kaminksi and Australian Paraclimbing Team Member, Russell Harrison on all things going in our adaptive climbing world. Thank you to everyone who came along, North Walls & Nick Flatley for always being so supportive of our Adaptive Climbing family.🏆❤ Looking forward to the next event! 

If you are interested in Adaptive Climbing we would love to hear from you, 

📸 Russell Harrison

2018 Victorian State Boulder Titles

The 2018 Victorian State Boulder Titles are here! Whether you’re a first time competitor or a seasoned athlete, make sure you register for this must attend event.

Event Details

Date: Saturday 18 August, 2018
Location: The Rock Adventure Centre, 403 Packington Street, Newton, Geelong.

Not competing but want to be involved? Register your interest to volunteer here. Our events cannot run without the amazing help of all our volunteers.

A massive thank you to our sponsors providing some amazing prizes:

To register for the event visit the Sport Climbing Australia website.

2018 Clif Bar Youth Championships

From May 11-13, the largest annual Australian climbing event took place. 260 athletes gathered at Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym, Villawood to compete in the 2018 Australian Clif Bar Youth Championships. This is the second year where Sport Climbing Australia (SCA) has separated the youth national event from the adult national event and run all three disciplines in one weekend. The SCA is continuously improving how this busy weekend operates and by all accounts from athletes, team officials and the countless volunteers, the weekend ran smoothly with no major complaints about the planning and execution of the event.

The setting teams had a titanic task prepping the walls for the weekend. There were two teams; a bouldering team headed up by an injured Tommy Krauss but ably helped from a very experienced team and a lead team headed up by Carlie LeBreton who has set countless times for youth competitors in Australia. We also had an international guest setter, Remy from France, who helped the lead team at the event ahead of running some setting workshops the following week.

The setting teams at the youth national championships were at their best and set up some of the best performances of the weekend, with no major setting mistakes despite the difficult task of splitting diverse fields and sometimes with terrain limitations. This shows how much the setting quality and expertise is improving in Australia. With now frequent international setting guests and familiar comments from them about the quality of setting – it’s clear that our setters are doing a better job than ever preparing our athletes for overseas competitions.

The athletic performance was incredible to watch too. Each event gave us multiple impressive performances but there were a couple of standout moments. In the lead competition the highlight was Oceana Mackenzie topping the Youth A female final. A powerful bottom and middle section spat her fellow competitors off the route. Oceana breezed past the middle crux and even though she had already secured the lead title went on to top the route having to fight for the last three moves. This was only one of her impressive performances, Oceana swept all three events for the Youth A female category and didn’t fall once the whole weekend.

For the bouldering the best show was put on by the Junior male category. Three competitors entered finals only separated by attempts from qualifications and so the stage was set for a great competition between Jesse Rufini from Queensland, Yossi Sundakov-Krumins from New South Wales and Ned Middlehurst from Victoria. After the first two problems, Yossi and Ned pulled out ahead with Ned ahead by one attempt. Yossi kept up the pressure on Ned topping all four finals problems but Ned kept his composure and flashed all four finals problems giving him a perfect score in finals. A close fought lead competition between Ned and Yossi which forced countback to the first qualifier meant that Ned had secured the combined victory too. Ned completed the sweep of all three events with a speed victory – great preparation for the Youth Olympics in Argentina later this year.

The speed competition was the biggest speed climbing event in Australian history with great participation from the youth athletes eager for a shot at the combined title. The standout performance came from Tasmanian Riley Thurstans who posted the competition best time of 10.56 seconds in his first qualifying run. This is particularly notable since Riley does not have access to a standard speed route in Tasmania and although the speed wall was not exactly at international standards it was very close.

Congratulations to all competitors during the event, all who attended and watched from afar were able to witness some personal best performances and incredible efforts. As always, a massive thank you to all the volunteers over the course of the event. Some volunteers put in 8 hour shifts to make it possible. If you are a parent or frequently attend these events with a team, please consider getting trained at your next state event and put your hand up to help out at the next national event – this will lighten the load for everyone

-Phil Goebel, President, Sport Climbing Victoria.

2018 Clif Bar Youth Championship Results: