As part of the ‘Change our Game Workforce Development Program’ funding we received earlier this year we are pleased to announce the Women & Working in Climbing – Public Forum. The output of this will allow us to create a strategic document focusing on supporting female climbing coaches and to better understand current challenges and opportunities within Victoria. This document will ensure that we consider the needs of women and support them to develop and grow into coaching roles as well as senior leadership positions in our sport.
To help achieve this, Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) has been successful in securing Ellie Howard, an experienced female coach from the Austrian national climbing team to travel to Melbourne for the first week of December. The forum will also be joined by Dr Bridie O’Donnell from the office of Women in Sport and Recreation.
Howard is visiting climbing gyms around the state and interviewing climbing coaches and facility managers to understand our current coaching capabilities before making recommendations in the strategic document.
To get the best possible outcome we need your input. We invite you to attend this public forum and inform us of the challenges you face when developing your career in climbing as a woman. It’s important to note that this event is by women for women and includes non-normative gender identities and we welcome all individuals who identify as such.
Date: Wednesday 5 December, 2018
Location: Upstairs Yoga Space, Urban Climb Collingwood, 29-41 Down St, Collingwood
To RSVP please visit the Facebook event and click ‘going’.
On Sunday 18 November we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and a new board was elected. There was a terrific turn out to run through the year and celebrate the SCV Awards.
Please join us in welcoming our new board:
President: Phil Goebel
Vice President: Roisin Briscoe
Secretary: Ellen White-Mackenzie
Treasurer: Ally Driessen
Ordinary Board Members:
- Tim Addicoat
- James Gooden
- Steph Gooden
- Yvette Harrison
- Katie Kaminsky
- Karen Powell
- Gaetan Riou
Congratulations for all those elected.
We would also like to thank our out-going board members: Denise Wootten, Sophie Bell and Karl Bromelow for their dedicated work throughout 2018.
Today marked the inaugural SCV awards where we recognised those individuals who dedicated themselves to climbing throughout 2018. Many aspects of climbing were incorporated from Ascent of the Year right through to Climber of the Year.
We received a massive 44 nominations for individuals, groups and companies which were then considered by the SCV Board who determined the overall winners.
Congratulations to those members of our community who received an award:
|Gym of the Year: Bayside Rock
|Coach of the Year: Will Hammersla
||Volunteer of the Year: Ingemar Johnsson*
*Torsten Johnsson accepting on Ingemar Johnsson’s behalf
|Community Project of the Year: CliffCare Victoria*
*Ally Driessen accepting on CliffCare Victoria’s behalf
|Leadership Award: Romain Thevenot
||Team of the Year: Bayside Rock Youth Team
|Ascent of the Year: Liam Buchanan
||Young Climber of the Year (Male): Ned Middlehurst
||Young Climber of the Year (Female): Oceana Mackenzie
|Climber of the Year (Male): James Kassay
|Climber of the Year (Female): Ashlee Hendy*
*Romain Thevenot accepting on Ashlee Hendy’s behalf
Thank you to all those who came down and helped us celebrate!
These awards will continue in 2019, with the option for members of the community to vote on those individuals, groups or companies who are nominated.
The Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) AGM will be held on Sunday 18 November, 2018. Come join us for a climb, lunch (on us!) and the inaugural SCV Awards presentation where we will celebrate those individuals who have dedicated themselves to climbing in 2018.
There will be a formal part of the meeting where we will vote in the 2019 SCV board and vote on a constitutional change. If you wish to nominate yourself to be a board member please fill out and return a nomination form here.
Proxy Vote Form
Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Date: Sunday 18 November, 2018.
Time: 1pm – 3pm (Join us for a climb beforehand!)
Location: Urban Climb Collingwood, 29/41 Down Street, Collingwood.
We look forward to seeing you there!
*A Notice of AGM was sent to all members on Saturday 27 October, 2018 via email. If you are an SCV member and did not receive this email please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a historic event that saw Sport Climbing enter the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 as an official sport, Victoria was lucky to be represented by Ned Middlehurst who qualified for the Australian Olympic Team last year at the Oceania Championships.
The opening ceremony was held on 6 October 2018 with climbing one of the first sports to compete. Women qualifications for all three disciplines (speed, lead and boulder) were held on Sunday 7 October 2018. This gave Middlehurst an additional day to prepare for his competition with the men’s qualification held on Monday 8 October.
Middlehurst finished 21st in Speed, 19th in boulder and 18th in lead to give him a combined rank of 21st.
For full results, click here.
We caught up with Middlehurst to hear about this extraordinary experience:
“Representing Australia at the first Youth Olympic Games was really quite special. As it was the first time that climbing was in the Olympics it made the experience quite special and unique.
My overall performance was a little questionable but I had fun nonetheless. All in all I definitely rate climbing being in the Olympic format and having climbing on such a high level as the Olympics is really something special and something that can really push this sport forward.”
Congratulations Ned on making the Olympic Team and we look forward to seeing what Middlehurst does next!
Oceana Mackenzie continues her hot streak making semi-finals at the Wujiang Lead World Cup on 20-21 October, 2018. This is an amazing achievement for the 16 year old in her first open lead world cup.
Mackenzie managed an astonishing 19th place for lead in a tough set which saw 13 of 26 competitors fall with a score of 22+.
There was further controversy at the event when, after all the finalists had completed the route, the organisers deemed the conditions too variable between the first climber and the last due to poor weather conditions and decided to cancel finals for both women and men.
This meant the semi-final results were deemed the final score for podium winners.
For full results, click here.
Mackenzie competed in speed at the event and came 21st missing semi-finals by a mere 1.43 seconds. Mackenzie finished with a time of 10.57 seconds.
Mackenzie had this to say about the competition:
“My first ever Lead World Cup🤩 I loved every minute of it!! I was stoked to make semis and compete against a lot of amazingly strong girls! Finished 19th in lead and 21st in speed. I don’t think I gave the Semi route all I could😏 So I’m excited to give it another go this weekend In Xiamen!”
Mackenzie will be competing again this weekend at the Xiamen Lead World Cup in lead and speed. We wish you the best of luck and hope you continue to shine!
The 2018 Open Boulder Championships were held from 20-21 October for the first time in Western Australia. Athletes from across Australia flew over to compete for the National Champion title.
Victoria sent a small team over to Perth but that small team packed a mighty punch with all five members making it through to semi-finals and four of those members making it onto the podium.
A massive congratulations to Sarah Davis (1st Open A), Claire Kassay (2nd Open A), James Kassay (1st Open A), Dick Lodge (3rd Masters) and Sarah McKenzie (16th Open A) on their outstanding performances.
For full results, click here.
We had two notable absentees from the event with Oceana Mackenzie representing Australia at the Wujiang World Cup for lead where she continues to excel making semi-finals and finishing 19th overall (more coming soon) and Campbell Harrison due to injury. We wish Harrison a speedy recovery.
On behalf of the Victorian crew we would like to thank all the volunteers and event organisers for the time and effort put into these events and Adrenaline Vault for hosting this year.
Thought you saw an amazing performance at the Open Boulder Championships? Make sure you nominate them for the Sport Climbing Victoria awards.
With such a rich and vibrant culture, climbing has always been about working together and supporting each other to reach incredible heights. Because of this, SCV wants to bring the community together to celebrate those individuals and teams who have excelled, who have donated their time and who have been devoted to the sport of climbing.
On November 18, at this years AGM, SCV will be recognising these individuals, teams and communities at the inaugural SCV Awards. We would love to see you there to help celebrate their achievments.
With 11 categories ranging from community project of the year to athlete of the year there is certainly a reason to nominate an individual or group you know.
Nominations are currently open and will close on Wednesday 31 October, 2018. Don’t waste another minute, head over to the SCV Awards page and get your nominations in now!
List of SCV Award Categories
Climber of the Year (Male)
Climber of the Year (Female)
Young Climber of the Year (Junior/Youth Male)
Young Climber of the Year (Junior/Youth Female)
Gym of the Year
Coach of the Year
Team of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Community Project of the Year
Ascent of the Year
That’s a wrap! With the completion of the Tasmanian State Boulder Titles on 28-29 September, 2018 the state titles are all done.
Congratulations to all our Victorian members who headed down to Tasmania to compete. Our athletes put on a show with Sarah Davis placing first in Open A Female; Grace Crowley placing third in Youth B Female; Oliver Burch placed fourth in Youth B Male and Kiara Burch finished second in Youth D female.
For full results, click here.
With the state boulder season complete there is only one competition of the year left: the 2018 Open National Boulder Championships. This is the first year the National Championships will make their way west to Perth demonstrating the continual growth of climbing in Australia.
Date: 20-21 October, 2018
Location: Adrenaline Vault, Perth, WA
Registration: Click here to register.
If you wish to compete in Open A you will need to qualify (See selection criteria) or apply at email@example.com.
It’s been a busy month for competition climbing both internationally and locally. The boulder state season continued last week, moving its way north to Queensland and will continue with the Tasmanian State Boulder Titles on the 27 and 28 September.
Further abroad, the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Innsbruck happened from 6-16 September showcasing the combined format that will be adopted for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The World Championships were exhilarating to watch; from controversy over the route setting to athletes being put to the test doing all three disciplines, and for the combined finals, all three disciplines in one day.
Among the world’s best athletes were two Victorians: Campbell Harrison and Oceana Mackenzie. Both athletes put in an amazing effort to show the world Australia’s future is strong.
Mackenzie finished with an overall combined result of 26th while Harrison opted not to compete in speed and therefore didn’t receive a combined ranking.
To view full results for all disciplines, click here.
These world competitions are a big jump from competition climbing in Australia and it is very impressive to see the Australian international climbing team continue to grow. There were 8 Australian competitors in total and 3 officials in attendance.
We wish all these climbers the best in the future and wish them luck in their bids for Tokyo 2020.