Inaugural WA State Titles and Bayside Boulder Bash

This weekend was packed full of competitions. Over in WA, Sport Climbing WA held their first State Lead Titles.  86 competitors attended to battle it out for the top spot.  This is yet another exciting sign of the growth of sport climbing in Australia.

For full results, click here.

Here in Victoria, we had the annual Bayside Boulder Bash.  It was an amazing event, with many interstate climbers joining us to compete.  Thomas Farrell, too strong for the Victorians, took out top spot for Open A Male, and our very own Oceana Mackenzie taking first place for Open A Female.

For full results, click here.

Campbell Harrison – International Open Bouldering Team Selection

After a great season in 2017, I set my sights on the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, where my goal is to compete in all three disciplines of Lead, Speed, and Bouldering to prepare myself for the Olympic format. Having made the Semi-Finals for the first time in Wujiang, China, I was already pre-selected as a member of the International Lead Team, and so the next step for me was to try and qualify for Bouldering.

I worked really hard to prepare for the 2017 Bouldering National Championships after a mammoth effort overseas, and in what was quite a tough competition for me, I finished 10th. I knew my result could have been better, but I was satisfied, nevertheless unsure as to whether or not it would be enough to warrant selection.

I couldn’t have been happier to receive my invitation to represent Australia on the International Open Bouldering Team. As such, alongside the lead season I will be competing in the Bouldering World Cup in Munich, Germany, and the World Championships in Innsbruck.

I’m now at work to prepare for the Australian National Lead and Speed Championships in Melbourne in over a month’s time. Whilst there have been some pretty major setbacks, I’m determined to put myself in the best shape possible, to give my all, and to hopefully earn myself a place to compete internationally in Speed, rounding out a Combined showing in Innsbruck, and a step closer to the Olympic dream!

– Campbell Harrison, Australian Open Lead and Boulder Team Member

Sport Climbing Victoria would also like to congratulate fellow Victorians Claire Kassay, Oceana Mackenzie and James Kassay for being selected to the Australian Open Bouldering Team. We wish you all the best of luck on the world circuit!

To view the entire team, click here.


Will Hammersla – Victorian Sport Award Finalist

Earlier this year Sport Climbing Victoria nominated Will Hammersla for the Southern Cross Trophies Victorian Young Volunteer of the Year award for his outstanding dedication and achievement in Climbing.

Yesterday we were delighted to see that Will Hammersla has been shortlisted for the nomination. The winner for this category will be announced on Wednesday 14 March, 2018.

Please join us in congratulating Will for his hard work and dedication to improving the quality and training for our Sport Climbers across the country. We wish you the best of luck.

William Hammersla – Climbing

Will Hammersla has volunteered in many roles in Sport Climbing. In 2017 he held a position on the Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) board of directors after holding the president position for two years prior. His positions include:

  • 2017 – Board Member
  • 2017 – State-Level Coaching Workshops for Youth (Volunteer Position)
  • 2015-2017 – National Head Coach (Volunteer Position)
  • 2015 – 2016 –  President

Will has been a key presence in SCV. As our founding president he provided leadership in getting our young organisation established and guiding the direction of SCV. In particular, Will has provided invaluable perspective from an industry professional as we work to establish our sport and develop a professional workforce in Victoria.

Will is the most experienced climbing coach and route setter in Australia and takes on time-consuming coaching roles (all volunteer positions) at both national and state levels ensuring that young SCV and Australian national team members are nurtured and taught important climbing skills. His technical skills are also integral in running all SCV sanctioned competitions and events and many national-level Sport Climbing Australia sanctioned events.

To view the nomination, click here.

Victorian Open A Selections

With the 2018 Victorian State Lead Titles complete, we will now start finalising our Victorian Open A athletes for the 2018 Australian Lead Championships.

If athletes would like to compete at the Australian Lead Championships that will be held at Hardrock, Nunawading in Victoria, please be aware that special consideration applications for those that did not qualify at state titles must be provided NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT 27 February, 2018.

The selection committee will then deliberate and reply to applicants by the 4 March, 2018.

Special consideration applications can be sent via email to

To view the selection policy, click here.

Australian National Open Lead and Speed Details


Date: 23 – 24 March, 2018
Location: Hardrock, Nunawading


Date: 25 March, 2018
Location: Gravity Worx, Coburg

NSW & ACT State Lead and Speed Titles – Results

On Saturday 17 February, 2018 the NSW & ACT State Lead Titles were held. This is the third instalment of the State Lead titles series, with WA, SA and QLD set to happen in the next three weeks, prior to Speed and Lead Nationals on 23-25 March, 2018.

We had a small Victorian representation this year with two competitors who made the trip north. Congratulations to Youth C competitors Jessica Buchanan who came in 7th and Sora Asahara who came in 6th.

NSW also hosted the first State Speed Titles for 2018 on Sunday 18 February 2018.

For full Lead results, Click here.

For Speed results, visit their Facebook page.

2018 Victorian State Lead Titles

Saturday 10 February, 2018 marked the 2nd State Titles for lead climbing in Australia; the Victorian Lead Titles hosted by North Walls Indoor Climbing in Brunswick. It was a fantastic event with one of our largest ever fields (over 100 competitors).

James Kassay took out the Open A Male division with a solid performance on all three routes. The Open A Female division had a nail-biting finish with Emma Horan, Isabelle Hare and Oceana Mackenzie all reaching the same desperate sloping volume three moves from the top, with Oceana claiming the title on count-back. It was inspiring to see many of the Youth A and Junior competitors mixing it up with their more experienced compatriots by taking on the Open A division as well as their own age category. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for them!

Para-climbing featured for the first time in a Victorian state competition, where Queensland State Champion Eddie Sparks made her mark. After sustaining a brain injury in a climbing accident in 2014 it was inspiring to watch her climb and witness her strength and determination on the wall. When asked if she had any tips for young climbers she responded with sage advice: “Don’t bang your head!” We were glad to welcome Eddie to the competition and we wish her all the best for her return to climbing.

During the event, Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) announced the launch of the SCV Teams App which is the new resource hub for news, events, information and connecting with other members. As part of this, SCV also announced exciting new membership incentives including 10% discounts at Bogong and the Wilderness Shop, and 20% at Paddy Pallin (Melbourne).

Download the app today and search for Sport Climbing Victoria.

Thanks must go to all the SCV and SCA officials; in particular Jury President Ingemar Johnsson, Head Judge Steph Gooden and Head Setter Will Hammersla, along with their dedicated teams of route-setters and volunteers. Thanks also goes to the event sponsors Edelrid and Expedition Equipment, who made the event possible, and to the North Walls Indoor Climbing Team for letting us put their brand new walls to the test and for hosting such a successful event.

A final thank you to all the competitors and spectators for making it a great event with a fantastic atmosphere and putting some impressive climbing on display. We wish all the climbers the best of luck with the upcoming State Speed Titles and Nationals in Lead and Speed.  We look forward to all the action in the year ahead.

– James Gooden, SCV Board Member

For full results, click here.

Keep an eye out on the SCV and North Walls Facebook groups for images coming soon.

Want to relive the action? Watch the forerunning videos that highlight the qualifying routes:

Mock Comp Huge Success

The mock competition for our Victorian State Lead Titles was held over the weekend.  We sought to not only train our volunteers but also show competitors what to expect in a live competition. We simulated the competition format including how to handle isolation and mentally prepare to climb.

Youth B, A and Masters competitors did two qualifying routes and one final route.   Coach Sophie Bell focused on managing warm up, head space and staying warm between climbs in isolation.

Youth C and D got to practice the new format being trialled next Saturday with 4 climbs and no isolation.

A big thank you to Hardrock Nunawading for allowing us to utilise the space to prepare for state titles.

To register for this weekends competition please visit Sport Climbing Australia. 

Victorian State Lead Titles

Date: Saturday 10 February, 2018
Location: Northwalls, Brunswick
Time: 8am for registration

Tasmania State Lead Titles – Results

Congratulations to our very own Sarah McKenzie and Ned Middlehurst who competed in the Tasmanian State Lead Titles last weekend.

In a very competitive field McKenzie finished in 4th place in Open A Female starting her competition season.

Middlehurst dominated his field finishing first in Open A Male by the slightest of margins and coming 3rd in his Junior category.

This is a great start to their seasons! Can’t wait to see them in action on our home turf this weekend.

For full results, click here.