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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.

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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

SCV Award Recipients

Yesterday the SCV Awards continued for another year once again recognising those who dedicate themselves to climbing each year with the aim of bringing our climbing community closer together.

This year the voting was opened up to the SCV members allowing everyone’s voice to be heard.

Congratulations to those members of our community who received an award:

Gym of the Year: Gravity Worx

Coach of the Year:  Moriah Broadbent-Hogan

Volunteer of the Year:  Yvette Harrison

Ascent of the Year: Ashlee Hendy

*Ellen White-Mackenzie  accepting on behalf of Ashlee Hendy

Leadership Award: Katie Kaminsky

*Russell Harrison  accepting on behalf of Katie Kaminsky

Young Climber of the Year (Male): Ned Middlehurst

*Ellen White-Mackenzie  accepting on behalf of Ned Middlehurst

Community Project of the Year:  Adaptive Climbing Victoria

Team of the Year: Gravity Worx Hang Time Youth Squad

Young Climber of the Year (Female):  Maya Stasiuk

Climber of the Year (Male): Russell Harrison

Climber of the Year (Female): Oceana Mackenzie

*Ellen White-Mackenzie  accepting on behalf of Oceana Mackenzie

Sport Climbing Victoria would also like to make a special mention of Riley Edwards and ClimbingQTs.  They have put together an amazing group and continue to foster diversity within the climbing community.  Riley has shown great leadership setting up this group.

Thank you to all those who came to help us celebrate!

2019/2020 Board Elected

On Sunday 24 November, 2019 the SCV AGM was held and the new board was elected!

Your 2019/2020 board:

  • Phil Goebel
  • Ellen White-Mackenzie
  • Tim Addicoat
  • James Gooden
  • Steph Gooden
  • Yvette Harrison
  • Katie Kaminsky
  • Karen Powell
  • Gaetan Riou
  • Moriah Broadbent-Hogan
  • Janette Burch

We would also like to say a big thank you to outgoing board members Roisin Briscoe and Ally Driessen.  Thank you for your dedication over the years!

Grant Application Outcome

Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) is very pleased to announce the success of our grant application through the Together More Active pathway.  The Together More Active program aims to increase participation within sports and in doing so generate equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

Sport Climbing Victoria in partnership with Outdoors Victoria will develop governance framework options for climbing organisations in Victoria. The project seeks to enhance areas of licensing, safety, links to elite performance, insurance, environmental management and conservation, legal support, training and operational best practice.”

We look forward to getting started on these initiatives!

For more information on the grant funding, click here.