Sport Climbing Victoria and Red Cross are working together to bring something special to the climbers in Victoria. A specialised 2-hour session will go through climbing-injury specifics in a controlled environment.
WHY: when you’re a casualty, your well-being is in the hands of your partner/s…so please consider asking them to hit “LIKE”.
COST: $20 per person, all profits will go back into the outdoor climbing community via Cliffcare.
CONTENT: it’s all about stabilising an injured climber, as best you can, while you wait for the cavalry. So, amongst other things, and with hands-on exercises, you can learn what first aid the experts would do for:
– head, neck and back injuries
– unconscious climber
– and more
You do NOT get a certificate. This is about what to do, and what not to do, when things go pear-shaped at the crag.
VENUE/S: Bayside Rock, 9 Network Drive, Carrum Downs
WHEN: Wednesday 22 June, 7pm to 9pm. Additional sessions will be run if there is demand.
RSVP: Please indicate on the facebook event if you plan to attend and see you there!
Following on from the successful state title events around the country, Sport Climbing Australia will be hosting the Oceania titles in Sydney June 17-19th. This is the first time in a number of years that an Oceania event has been held in Australia and we would love to see a big team of Victorians there representing us.
With Speed being held on the Friday afternoon and Lead on the Saturday and Sunday it is sure to be an action packed weekend at SICG Villawood.
Full event details are available in the info pack and registration is via the Sport Climbing Australia website.
Keep training and we will see you there!
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With the first climbing world cup just around the corner the climbing competition season is gearing up around the world and Victoria is joining in! Mark your calendars for Victorian State Lead Titles happening May 14 at Hardrock Nunawading.
Having hosted National Lead titles in 2014 the Hardrock crew will be bringing their triple A game to put together the best state titles Victoria has ever seen. With Sport Climbing Australia having just recently won formal recognition for the sport this will be the first ever Victorian Lead Title event as an official Australian Sport!
Meanwhile the International Federation of Sport Climbing is battling on our behalf to bring climbing to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – maybe May 14 is your first step on the road to the Olympics?!
We can’t run the event without volunteers in a number of areas. If you are free on the 14th of May, register here to join our crew.
After the competitors all went home we had the big job of packing up after the Australian Boulder Climbing Championships.
Antoine Moussette from Radest Productions has a chat with Will Hammersla & Romain Thevenot about the event while they were working.
This year’s Australian National Boulder Climbing Championships were nothing short of spectacular. It marked significant progression in climbing as a sport, and displayed the best of the truly special community that we are all so lucky to be a part of.
Once again the competition, graciously hosted and sponsored by the City of Ballarat, was held on a purpose built wall rather than in a local gym. This made the weekend feel not so much like an obligation of Australian sport climbing, but an event that not only climbers, but the general public, wanted to witness and be a part of. The wall had a unique but effective design that really gave the routesetters a range of options when it came to crafting the boulders. This year’s organisational team should feel extremely proud of their efforts. The fruits of their labour were evident in what was possibly the best climbing National Championship ever!
The youngest youth categories (C and D) kicked off first thing on the Friday morning, followed by Open A qualifiers. In Youth D Henry Booker (International) took the top male spot, with Liam Botting (QLD) taking the title, and Ellisa Andres (ACT). In Youth C, the event was won by Jack Taylor (NSW) in the male’s and Theodora Kasimidou (SA) in the female’s.
The first Open round saw a fantastic split on a really great set of boulders. Seven women were able to finish all five qualification boulders, however in the men it was only Sam Bowman (QLD) and James Kassay (VIC) that successfully tackled each bloc, James doing so in less attempts. Emma Horan (ACT) went forward in the female top spot. The top twenty competitors of each gender went on to compete in the semi final round the following day.
The routesetters turned the dial up to eleven for the semi-final round – perhaps a notch too far in the women’s field. A fairly successful split was seen in the men’s category, with James again being successful in topping each boulder. Only five female athletes were able to put a top on their score sheet, and not a single athlete did so more than once. Each boulder however, was topped, showing the wide range of skills possessed by each individual climber. Emma Horan stamped her mark once again, progressing further in first place. With fourteen year old Sienna Wong, competing in Opens by invitation, making it through to the final, seven places were offered in finals to the women, seeing defending champion Claire Kassay scraping through by the skin of her teeth in seventh place. In the mens, a more traditional six athletes would be competing in the afternoon’s final.
With a mere few hours rest, the athletes were sent back into isolation. In this final round, the Australian National Champions for 2015 would be crowned. Both nerves and anticipation were high, creating an electric atmosphere at the venue. The crowd poured in, and the event was underway.
In a similar manner to the previous rounds, the routesetters had put forward a set of dynamic and powerful problems that gave a reasonable split in both fields. Whilst for the most part the women had a slightly harder set, both categories saw clear placings all the way down the score board. James Kassay and Sam Bowman took it down the the wire, leaving it until the very last moment to decide the winner. With a flash of the final boulder, James took his fourth consequtive National Championship title by only two attempts for a bonus! Sam took second, and Alan Pryce (WA) rounded out the podium in a convincing third place.
The first boulder of the women’s set saw no finishers, leaving the crowd anxious of a repeat of the previous round. However, each problem going forward served its purpose well and made for an exciting final round! Andrea Hah (NSW), one of Australias top rock climbers, showed that she also knows how to crush plastic, taking the win and the National Title. Sienna Wong, a guest competitor from Youth B, stunned the audience and her fellow competitors alike by taking second place a whole two years before she is officially eligible. Wong is certainly one to watch going forward in her career. In third place, Claire Kassay put in a commendable redeeming effort, rounding out the podium. Due to Sienna’s guest status, Sarah Davis (VIC), who put in a solid show, showing the growth she has had since her days as a youth competitor, took third on the official podium, with Claire in second, and Andrea maintaining first.
The third and final day saw the Youth B, A, and Junior competitors battle it out through qualifications, and for the first time in an Australian National Bouldering Championship, finals, to see who would be crowned Champion in their repesctive categories. Many of these young climbers had also climbed through the previous two days in the Open contingent, and their efforts had certainly taken a toll on their bodies and their minds. During the qualifications each category was to attempt, over the course of two hours, 5 boulders. The top six athletes in each category saw themselves through to the final round.
Seeing Australia’s best young climbers compete in a five on, five off format was incredibly exciting to watch, and proved that it is a posibility to work in this format at future competitions.
In youth B, the male and female champions, respectively, were Sam Lavender (QLD) and Sienna Wong (VIC). In Youth A we saw Olivia Campton-Smith (NSW) and Ben Abel (NSW) take the top spots. Our Junior champions were Roxy Perry (TAS) and Jarred Jordan (NSW). The problems, whilst they were quite hard considering the efforts the climbers had put in on previous days, saw a reasonable split in all categories. The routesetters did a great job making all of these rounds happen, and we are extremely thankful for their efforts.
On this third day we also had our Masters and Open B categories compete, which is always a fun an exciting element of the competition!
This year’s Nationals had an atmosphere and a feel that was different to all others. I can’t quite explain it, but there was a real sense of community and passion that was evident throughout the lead up and across all three days. It should also be said that I’ve never seen so much hard work and dedication go into a single event!
Whoever hosts next year’s National Championships certainly has their work cut out for them!! 😉
This year Sport Climbing Victoria awarded the first Good Sportsmanship Awards. The idea was to recognise qualities of good sportsmanship among the junior athletes both during the season and at the Boulder Climbing Championships.
Will Hammersla (Australia Climbing Team Coach), in consultation with other event officials throughout the climbing year, selected the winners. The winners were Roxy Perry from Tasmania & Alistair Earley from Queensland. Will introduces us to them:
Roxy Perry – Roxy has always been such a hard worker in training camps, training sessions and events. She is positive and supportive to her team mates and is fearless when it comes to putting in hard work. Roxy is also tenacious in her drive to succeed and constantly better herself. No matter the obstacle, she finds a way to push through her plateaus and continue to improve.
Alistair Earley – Whilst being a new member to the Australian team, Al has already left a lasting impression. He is focused, positive and especially considerate. He shows support and kindness to his fellow team mates and is always ready to lend a hand and go that extra step. In addition to his team qualities, Al is also a very driven athlete. Persistent in his efforts to succeed and improve, he is inspiring to everyone around him.
The awards were sponsored by Hardrock Climbing.
Hardrock Climbing is the combination of two indoor rock climbing facilities situated at convenient locations. One in the heart of Melbourne CBD and the other in Nunawading (Melbourne’s eastern suburbs). Those two centres are open seven days a week and are easily accessible by car and public transport. Hardrock focuses mainly on Rope Climbing and aims to offer challenges for everyone (from first timers to expert climbers). Hardrock is proud to claim one of the most creative and diverse route setting in Australia. If you feel ready for a casual climb with friends, a special birthday party, corporate booking or an efficient training session, head down to Hardrock for the ultimate climbing experience. You will also find courses, private instruction and a Junior Climbing Club.
Sport Climbing Victoria would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, officials and sponsors of the 2015 Australian Boulder Climbing Championships.
We hope that you all had as much fun as we did, it wouldn’t have been the same without you.
In case you were wondering, here are a few of the things that went into our event…
600 sqm of marquee, 4 Tonnes of steel frame, 1000 bolts, 10,000 T-nuts holes, 50,000 hits of the hammer, 10,000 t-nuts, 4 tonnes of ply, 3 saw blades, 900 angle cuts in plywood, 72 litres of paint, 89 pages of engineering drawings, 4400 hours of volunteer labour, 175 home cooked meal deliveries, 24 drill bits, 340 cans of diet coke, 2 reams of paper, 1 printer cartridge, one AGM, 20 hours of DJing, 240 bottles of water, 248 registrations, 400 metres of tape, 860 holds, 40 volumes, 4 mega volumes, 230 sqm of mats, 500 spectator seats, 17 hours of live stream, 4 terabites of film, 78 problems, 336 score sheets, 1125 paper clips, 400 computer documents, 7 iphone cables, 1.5km of cables, 13 sponsors, 210 sqm of wall, 19,700 timelapse photos, 59 facebook updates, thousands of emails, texts and messenger conversations!!
Until next time…