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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.” sport.vic.gov.au

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 contact@sportclimbingvictoria.com.au.

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!

Details

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 contact@sportclimbingvictoria.com.au.

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 contact@sportclimbingvictoria.com.au.

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:

Xiamen

Lead

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

Speed

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

For full results, click here.

Inzai

Lead

  • 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 contact@sportclimbingvictoria.com.au.

Photo by Sytse van Slooten 

ANOC World Beach Games

As we head into Olympic year (2020) our athletes are ramping up their training.  In the lead up to the Olympic games the ANOC World Beach Games were held in Doha, Qatar from 12 – 16 October with the Bouldering event being held from 13 – 14 October, 2019.

19 males from 13 countries and 19 females from 17 countries were selected to represent their nation at the games. For Australia, we were represented by two strong Australian athletes in Oceana Mackenzie and Campbell Harrison who finished 17th and 19th respectively.

To view the full results, click here.

Competing in this event will have provided invaluable experience and knowledge for the athletes to further develop in 2020 and reach their Olympic dreams.

Are you a company who would like to sponsor one of our athletes to reach the Olypmics?  Please contact us at contact@sportclimbingvictoria.com.au to find out more!

Tasmania State Boulder – Results

Tasmania hosted the last boulder state titles of the season in the last weekend of September.  As always the Tasmanian crew are very welcoming and a number of the Victorian crew made the trip south to the ever green state.

Congratulations to all the athletes:

Junior

  • 2nd – Bode Tuckerman (Youth A Male)
  • 3rd – Jody Wong (Youth C Female)
  • 3rd – Jaime Wong (Youth D Female)

Open

  • 6th – Bode Tuckerman
  • 4th – Sarah Davis

Next stop for the open athletes…Nationals!

World Beach Games – Selected!

Victoria continues to soar with two Victorians pushing the limits at the elite level.  Campbell Harrison and Oceana Mackenzie have had an excellent year representing Australia both finishing with the highest Australian combined rank at the recent IFSC World Championships.

To add to their stellar year, both Harrison and Mackenzie have been selected to represent Australia at the World Beach Games being held in Doha, Qatar from 12 – 16 October, 2019. The pair will be participating in bouldering on 13 October and will be supported by National Boulder Coach Will Hammersla – another Victorian!

To read more from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), click here.

The World Beach Games will include 14 sports with more than 1200 athletes from around the globe competing.  The Australian team will have representation in Beach Volleyball, Karate, Sailing, Swimming, Sport Climbing, Beach Handball and Water Skiing.

States States States!

September has been crammed with Boulder State Titles around Australia including our very own!

Starting in NSW/ACT on Saturday 7 September, 2019 two youth athletes made the trip to NSW to compete: Sam Gullifer who finished 4th in Youth A Male and Maya Stasiuk finishing 1st in Youth C Female. The next State Titles was the Open Boulder Titles held in QLD on Saturday 14 September which did not have representation from Victoria on this occasion.

Last weekend was the Victorian State Titles which board member Yvette Harrison shared with us:

“The Victorian State Titles were held on Saturday with over 100 climbers competing at Northside Boulders Brunswick. From the littlest tackers to the older masters category everyone had a great day thanks to the great setting from our interstate head setter Emma Horan and her team.

The youth categories saw all the gyms represented on the podium and we thank the interstate competitors for coming to participate and get some competition experience up their sleeves and perhaps catch a random prize from our awesome sponsors: Climbing meta, Roctic Climbing, ChalkUp Climbing, Sea to Summit Distribution Australia, Black Diamond, Carman’s Kitchen and Tokyo Powder Industries.

The Opens did not disappoint through finals with plenty of excitement from all the athletes. Top Victorian athletes were Oceana Mackenzie 1st, Sarah Davies 2nd and Grace Crowley 3rd for Open A Female. And in Open A Male: Campbell Harrison 1st, Ned Middlehurst 2nd and Nick Churchill 3rd.

To view full results, click here.

Thank you again to our volunteers. Without you all these events cannot run as smoothly as they do. Thank you to Northside for hosting this event, your generosity is much appreciated and thank you to our sponsors for your generous prize donations.”

– Yvette Harrison, Sport Climbing Victoria Board Member

And to cap off the month Tasmania will be holding the final states of the month from 27 – 28 September, 2019.  Good luck to all the athletes!