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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.

Australian National Championships

The biggest event on the Australian calendar was held earlier this month from 7 – 10 November, 2019.  Athletes from across Australia flocked to NSW to determine the 2019 National Champions in all three disciplines: Lead, Speed and Boulder.

This year had the added pressure of being a qualification event to the 2020 Oceania Titles which will be held from 28 – 29 March, 2020. The Oceania Titles are then the qualification event for this regions Olympic spot for Tokyo 2020 where one female and one male will be selected to compete.

Victoria sent a strong team of 6 athletes with 4 of these competing in the combined event required to qualify for the Oceania Titles.  We are very pleased to announce that all 4 athletes finished in the top 8 combined results and therefore automatically qualify for the Oceania Titles.

Congratulations to Grace Crowley, James Kassay, Oceana Mackenzie and Ned Middlehurst!

All athletes produced amazing results and a special mention to Oceana Mackenzie who is the National Champion in all three disciplines!

Victorian Results:

Athlete Name Lead Speed Boulder Combined
Matthew Austin 4th
Grace Crowley 7th 4th 8th 7th
James Kassay 2nd 11th 4th 4th
Oceana Mackenzie 1st 1st 1st 1st
Sarah McKenzie 11th 16th
Ned Middlehurst 9th 3rd 5th 5th

*All ranks are Australian Ranking, view below results for competition ranking.

For full lead results, click here.
For full boulder results, click here.
For full speed results, click here.
For full combined results, click here.

Good luck to all our athletes in the Oceania Titles 2020!

Would you or your company like to sponsor one of our athletes leading into the Olympics? Please contact us at

Photo by Yvette Harrison

Notice of AGM

Next Sunday 24 November, 2019 SCV will be conducting their AGM and electing the board for 2020.

At the AGM we will also be celebrating the winners of the SCV awards 2018/2019 and we look forward to seeing you there!


Date: Sunday 24 November, 2019
Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Location: Gravity Worx, 182-184 Sussex St, Pascoe Vale.


By now all members should have received their notice of the SCV AGM via email on 3rd November. If you have not received your notification please contact us at

National Championships – Victorian Team Selected

We are very excited to announce the Victorian Team selected to represent us at Nationals on the 7 – 10 November, 2019.  This event is a qualifying event for the 2020 Oceanic Titles which in turn is a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The following athletes will take on the best athletes of Australia:

Open A Male

Name Disciplines
Matthew Austin Speed
Campbell Harrison Lead, Speed, Boulder (Combined)
James Kassay Lead, Speed, Boulder (Combined)
Ned Middlehurst Lead, Speed, Boulder (Combined)


Open A Female

Name Disciplines
Grace Crowley Lead, Speed, Boulder (Combined)
Oceana Mackenzie Lead, Speed, Boulder (Combined)
Sarah McKenzie Lead, Boulder

A special mention to Sarah Davis who was also selected for combined but was forced to withdraw due to injury. We wish you a speedy recovery!

Congratulations to all those athletes selected!


The Mammut 2019 Open National Lead, Speed and Boulder Championships are scheduled to be held next month as follows:

Date: 7 – 10 November, 2019
Location: Boulder: St Peters, Lead and Speed: SICG Villawood, Sydney NSW
More Information: Visit Sport Climbing Australia

This event is then the qualifier for Oceanic Titles which will be held from 28 – 29 March, 2020.


Would you or your company like to sponsor one of our athletes leading into the Olympics? Please contact us at

October World Cup Series – Results

The two final Worldcups of the season were held this month in Xiamen, China from 18 – 20 October, 2019 and Inzai, Japan from 26 – 27 October 2019.

The usual Australian suspects made the journey to compete with Oceana Mackenzie and Campbell Harrison from Victoria; Joshua Damasco from WA and Lucy Stirling representing QLD with the following results across lead and speed:



  • Joshua Damasco – 50th
  • Campbell Harrison – 40th
  • Oceana Mazkenzie – 37th
  • Lucy Stirling – 46th


  • Campbell Harrison – 59th
  • Oceana Mazkenzie – 51st
  • Lucy Stirling – 50th

For full results, click here.



  • Joshua Damasco – 47th
  • Oceana Mazkenzie – 32nd
  • Lucy Stirling – 38th

For full results, click here.

Would you or your company like to sponsor one of our athletes leading into the Olympics? Please contact us at

Photo by Sytse van Slooten