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Sport Climbing Victoria 2020 AGM

Venue: Via Zoom

Date/Time:  Monday October 26, 7pm

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  1. Welcome
  2. Annual SCV report presented by the Chair
  3. Financial Report
  4. Election of 2020 Board Members
  5. Returning to Climbing tips from Katie Kaminsky
  6. Reconciliation and Climbing presented by GWRN
  7. Celebrating our Isolation Heroes

Nominating for Office Bearer or Ordinary Member of the Board

If you wish to nominate for the SCV board you must be over 18 years of age. If you are interested in a board role please complete the form and return it to the email address 5 days before the AGM (October 21st). If you have any questions about the roles and want to understand the time commitments associated with them please get in touch with your questions.

Proxy Vote

If you cannot attend the meeting then please fill out a proxy vote form. Contact above.

  • Notice of Proxy to be given in writing to the Secretary no later than 24 hours prior to AGM

Women Uprising Australia – Virtual Climbing Festival

No matter where you are in Australia you can join in the Women Uprising Australia – Virtual Climbing Festival

The WUVCF is for all women climbers, non-normative gender identities and individuals who identify as womxn to join us for this Virtual Climbing Festival. Suitable for folx of all levels. Womxn: A term adopted by Womxn Uprising to refer to all women, and people who identify as women inclusive of trans, non-binary, genderqueer and bi-gender womxn.

September 5th via Zoom

Sure to be a fantastic event, with guest speakers galore, topics for days and a goody bag full of prizes, get your ticket, or apply for a scholarship. For more information visit  Women Uprising Australia

Tickets here

Helping The Gyms Become COVID Safe

Helping our Gyms become COVID Safe

We have all been missing heading to climbing gyms for the past couple of months, closed to reduce our collective risk of COVID-19 spreading widely throughout the community. Climbing gyms are now opening throughout the country and Victorian gyms are set to open on June 22nd. Soon we will again be back in our favorite facilities working out the beta on perplexing problems and feeling a satisfactory forearm pump after a hard session. But climbing indoors will be different for the foreseeable future – the persistent risk of COVID-19 spread is still with us and everyone and every business needs to remain vigilant to prevent us from heading back into the type of shutdowns we have already experienced.

SCA at the national level and SCV at the state level have been playing an integral part in getting gyms ready for re-opening and facilitating discussions nation-wide regarding reopening guidelines and best practice measures that gyms should consider implementing. This has included consultation with the Australian Institute of Sport regarding sport-specific guidelines published in the Framework for Rebooting Sport and participation in the International Federation of Sport Climbing Medical Commission calls to understand emerging best practices for reopening climbing facilities.

Two calls with facility managers from around the country were hosted on May 8th and June 5th and in between these calls a template COVID-19 safe plan was drafted for facilities to review and adjust and implement as their own policies and plans. By having facilities base their COVID-19 safe plans off the same template this creates some consistency between experiences that climbers will have between gyms and instill confidence in public health officials that our industry has considered transmission risk and taken collective action to address these risks as much as possible.

Climbing facility managers have been very responsive and eager to understand what best practice is in terms of reducing COVID-19 transmission risk in their facilities. This has been followed by facility-specific plans and then the work implementing these plans. There are a couple of measures worth highlighting.

Capacity and contact management: Likely the biggest change to normal climbing gyms visits will be the need to understand the capacity of the gym. Most gyms are managing this by implementing a booking system with a time limit on your climbing sessions. Some gyms may allow drop in during non-peak times but if you don’t book you might be turned away if the facility is at capacity. Additionally, there will be controls about how you can move and gather in climbing facilities to avoid congregations of people in the same area. Again gyms are taking a similar approach and implementing zones with clear signage about the limits about how many people can be in one zone at a given time. Emerging evidence about COVID-19 transmission dynamics suggests that the close person to person contact is the primary driver of transmission so these efforts are likely to have the biggest impact on reducing transmission risk in our climbing gyms so it’s very important that when we visit climbing gyms we follow these guidelines and are vigilant to maintain 1.5 metre distance between one another.

Hand sanitisation between climbs: While presenting a lower risk than a person to person contact, surface transmission cannot be ruled out as a potential vector for virus transmission. That’s why sanitising your hands between moving from climb to climb will be important. Facilities will be facilitating this by placing hand sanitisation stations in various locations around climbing areas and increased use of liquid chalk that has an alcohol content of more than 70% will help facilitate this too.

Use of liquid chalk only: The risk of loose chalk, which can remain in the air for a fair amount of time, being a potential surface that the virus can remain active on is currently unknown. While its likely low risk, being cautious in the early stages of reopening days is an appropriate approach. Additionally using liquid chalk, with its alcohol content will sanitise your hands which will help following the need to sanitise hands between climbs.

Daily cleaning of flooring including bouldering mats: Regularly cleaning high traffic surfaces especially surface where droplets from a potential infectious person may settle will help to reduce virus particles from tracking around a facility. Gyms are implementing strict regular cleaning procedures that will help to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

SCV encourages all climbers to become familiar with the COVID safe policies and procedures the climbing gyms you are visiting are implementing. Please help your gyms stay COVID safe during our stages of reopening and hopefully we can continue to climb through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phillip Goebel

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Covid-19 Update

There are new rules coming into play from The Premier and The State Government of Victoria.

“The whole way through this pandemic, our advice to Victorians has remained the same: “stay home”.
Now, as we begin to settle into a new normal, our message is “stay safe”.” ~ Victorian State Government

Read up, be informed, download the Covid Safe app and “stay safe”.  Statement from the Premier

Use the Toolkit from Sport Australia to help guide any “Return to Sport

Coaching For Climbing Workshop


Thank you for attending the, “Coaching for Climbing Workshop”

On Saturday 2nd May, Sport Climbing Victoria hosted a free online “Coaching for Climbing Workshop”. Aimed at equipping Victoria’s youth climbing coaching workforce with information and skills, the workshop covered a wide range of topics from an experienced panel of presenters. Topics included: Child Safety, Getting Smart About Competition, Competition Day Support, Competition Simulations, Physiology, Youth Coaching and Mental Health. Presented by some of Victoria & Australia’s most qualified individuals, including National Head Coaches, National Team Physio, Jury President, SCV President, Victorian Climbing Child Safety Rep and a Neuropsychologist.

The workshop saw over 120 registrations, including many interstate viewers and a few international viewers – shout out to the Canadian Youth Coaching Team who joined us at what would have been a very late viewing time for them!

The session was followed by a live Q&A with all presenters, where many fantastic questions were addressed by the panel, and great feedback was received. The workshop has been recorded and will be made available online for those who registered but could not attend live, and for all SCA/SCV members.

What’s next? In the future, we hope to be able to bring a more in-depth workshop to the climbing community, in person. We also aim to be able to present some info sessions for individual topics of interest, including some that we were unable to cover on this occasion. Stay tuned for more!

Want to view the workshop, members only section.     Coaching For Climbing Workshop

Coaching For Climbing Workshop – 2nd May

Coaching for Climbing Workshop

We are thrilled to bring you, The Sport Climbing Victoria, ‘Coaching For Climbing Workshop’ on Saturday the 2nd of May, 12.00pm to 2.00pm on Zoom and in the comfort of your own home.

We will cover many competition climbing topics with guest speakers from the National Coaching Team, The National Youth Team Physiotherapist, Jury President insight and more.

You can sign up here

We look forward to seeing you.

Covid-19 Announcement


As you are all aware, Premier Andrews announced that we have moved into stage three in our response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Across Victoria, climbers have been stepping up and doing our part to slow the virus down by following the Stay at Home Directions.

This includes not going climbing during this time. These restrictions are tough but lives are at risk if we let the virus get out of control, please stay at home so this doesn’t happen. There’s lots you can do in meantime to be ready for when we can climb again:

1. Perfect your home wall or hangboard setup – share it with us and your friends too! please remember though that the prohibited gatherings include restrictions of inviting friends over to private residences

2. check out some great training resources like this one to address some of your niggles.

3. learn some new crag ready recipes so you’ll be ready with nutritious meals when we can head out again.

We can’t wait to go climbing again and enjoy one another’s company on the walls but until then, PLEASE STAY AT HOME.

For up to date information about the Covid-19 response in Victoria please go to:

More resources –

2020, Year of the Olympics is now in 2021

With the postponement of the 2020 Olympics in a recent update the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games new dates have been announced.

Olympics will now be 23rd July until and 8th of August 2021 and the Paralympics will be 24th August until the 5th of September 2021.

For more information go to

The Oceania Continental Championships have been not had a new date announced as of yet and we will keep you up to date as we know more.