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2019 International Bouldering and Paraclimbing Teams Announced

Sport Climbing Australia has recently announced the International Bouldering and Paraclimbing teams for 2019.  We are very excited to see 3 Victorians make the team.  Congratulations to Oceana Mackenzie, Campbell Harrison and Ned Middlehurst.

This announcement includes the first Paraclimbing Team that Sport Climbing Australia has had and it will be exciting to see paraclimbing continue to grow throughout Australia.  Here in Victoria, we have Vertical Horizons who are working with local business to develop an adaptive climbing community.  Contact us today to find out more.

The lead and speed teams will be announced later this year and we are hopeful for several Victorians to make the team.

Click here to view the full Bouldering team.


Women and Working in Climbing – Public Forum

As part of the ‘Change our Game Workforce Development Program’ funding we received earlier this year we are pleased to announce the Women & Working in Climbing – Public Forum. The output of this will allow us to create a strategic document focusing on supporting female climbing coaches and to better understand current challenges and opportunities within Victoria. This document will ensure that we consider the needs of women and support them to develop and grow into coaching roles as well as senior leadership positions in our sport.

To help achieve this, Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) has been successful in securing Ellie Howard, an experienced female coach from the Austrian national climbing team to travel to Melbourne for the first week of December. The forum will also be joined by Dr Bridie O’Donnell from the office of Women in Sport and Recreation.

Howard is visiting climbing gyms around the state and interviewing climbing coaches and facility managers to understand our current coaching capabilities before making recommendations in the strategic document.

To get the best possible outcome we need your input. We invite you to attend this public forum and inform us of the challenges you face when developing your career in climbing as a woman. It’s important to note that this event is by women for women and includes non-normative gender identities and we welcome all individuals who identify as such.


Date: Wednesday 5 December, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Upstairs Yoga Space, Urban Climb Collingwood, 29-41 Down St, Collingwood

To RSVP please visit the Facebook event and click ‘going’.

New Board Elected

On Sunday 18 November we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and a new board was elected. There was a terrific turn out to run through the year and celebrate the SCV Awards.

Please join us in welcoming our new board:

President: Phil Goebel
Vice President: Roisin Briscoe
Secretary: Ellen White-Mackenzie
Treasurer: Ally Driessen

Ordinary Board Members:

  • Tim Addicoat
  • James Gooden
  • Steph Gooden
  • Yvette Harrison
  • Katie Kaminsky
  • Karen Powell
  • Gaetan Riou

Congratulations for all those elected.

We would also like to thank our out-going board members: Denise Wootten, Sophie Bell and Karl Bromelow for their dedicated work throughout 2018.


SCV Awards

Today marked the inaugural SCV awards where we recognised those individuals who dedicated themselves to climbing throughout 2018. Many aspects of climbing were incorporated from Ascent of the Year right through to Climber of the Year.

We received a massive 44 nominations for individuals, groups and companies which were then considered by the SCV Board who determined the overall winners.

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

Gym of the Year: Bayside Rock


Coach of the Year: Will Hammersla

Volunteer of the Year: Ingemar Johnsson*

*Torsten Johnsson accepting on Ingemar Johnsson’s behalf

Community Project of the Year: CliffCare Victoria*

*Ally Driessen accepting on CliffCare Victoria’s behalf

Leadership Award: Romain Thevenot

Team of the Year: Bayside Rock Youth Team

Ascent of the Year: Liam Buchanan

Young Climber of the Year (Male): Ned Middlehurst

Young Climber of the Year (Female): Oceana Mackenzie

Climber of the Year (Male): James Kassay


Climber of the Year (Female): Ashlee Hendy*

*Romain Thevenot  accepting on Ashlee Hendy’s behalf

Thank you to all those who came down and helped us celebrate!

These awards will continue in 2019, with the option for members of the community to vote on those individuals, groups or companies who are nominated.

Sport Climbing Victoria AGM

The Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) AGM will be held on Sunday 18 November, 2018. Come join us for a climb, lunch (on us!) and the inaugural SCV Awards presentation where we will celebrate those individuals who have dedicated themselves to climbing in 2018.

There will be a formal part of the meeting where we will vote in the 2019 SCV board and vote on a constitutional change.  If you wish to nominate yourself to be a board member please fill out and return a nomination form here.

AGM Documentation:

Proxy Vote Form
Nomination Form
Proposed Constitutional Amendment


Date: Sunday 18 November, 2018.
Time: 1pm – 3pm  (Join us for a climb beforehand!)
Location: Urban Climb Collingwood, 29/41 Down Street, Collingwood.

We look forward to seeing you there!

*A Notice of AGM was sent to all members on Saturday 27 October, 2018 via email.  If you are an SCV member and did not receive this email please contact us at

Youth Olympic Games – Ned Middlehurst

In a historic event that saw Sport Climbing enter the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 as an official sport, Victoria was lucky to be represented by Ned Middlehurst who qualified for the Australian Olympic Team last year at the Oceania Championships.

The opening ceremony was held on 6 October 2018 with climbing one of the first sports to compete. Women qualifications for all three disciplines (speed, lead and boulder) were held on Sunday 7 October 2018. This gave Middlehurst an additional day to prepare for his competition with the men’s qualification held on Monday 8 October.

Middlehurst finished 21st in Speed, 19th in boulder and 18th in lead to give him a combined rank of 21st.

For full results, click here.

We caught up with Middlehurst to hear about this extraordinary experience:

“Representing Australia at the first Youth Olympic Games was really quite special. As it was the first time that climbing was in the Olympics it made the experience quite special and unique.

My overall performance was a little questionable but I had fun nonetheless. All in all I definitely rate climbing being in the Olympic format and having climbing on such a high level as the Olympics is really something special and something that can really push this sport forward.”

Congratulations Ned on making the Olympic Team and we look forward to seeing what Middlehurst does next!

Oceana Mackenzie Continues to Shine

Oceana Mackenzie continues her hot streak making semi-finals at the Wujiang Lead World Cup on 20-21 October, 2018. This is an amazing achievement for the 16 year old in her first open lead world cup.

Mackenzie managed an astonishing 19th place for lead in a tough set which saw 13 of 26 competitors fall with a score of 22+.

There was further controversy at the event when, after all the finalists had completed the route, the organisers deemed the conditions too variable between the first climber and the last due to poor weather conditions and decided to cancel finals for both women and men.

This meant the semi-final results were deemed the final score for podium winners.

For full results, click here.

Mackenzie competed in speed at the event and came 21st missing semi-finals by a mere 1.43 seconds. Mackenzie finished with a time of 10.57 seconds.

Mackenzie had this to say about the competition:

“My first ever Lead World Cup🤩 I loved every minute of it!! I was stoked to make semis and compete against a lot of amazingly strong girls! Finished 19th in lead and 21st in speed. I don’t think I gave the Semi route all I could😏 So I’m excited to give it another go this weekend In Xiamen!”

Mackenzie will be competing again this weekend at the Xiamen Lead World Cup in lead and speed.  We wish you the best of luck and hope you continue to shine!

2018 Open Boulder Championships

The 2018 Open Boulder Championships were held from 20-21 October for the first time in Western Australia. Athletes from across Australia flew over to compete for the National Champion title.

Victoria sent a small team over to Perth but that small team packed a mighty punch with all five members making it through to semi-finals and four of those members making it onto the podium.

A massive congratulations to Sarah Davis (1st Open A), Claire Kassay (2nd Open A), James Kassay (1st Open A), Dick Lodge (3rd Masters) and Sarah McKenzie (16th Open A) on their outstanding performances.

For full results, click here.

We had two notable absentees from the event with Oceana Mackenzie representing Australia at the Wujiang World Cup for lead where she continues to excel making semi-finals and finishing 19th overall (more coming soon) and Campbell Harrison due to injury.  We wish Harrison a speedy recovery.

On behalf of the Victorian crew we would like to thank all the volunteers and event organisers for the time and effort put into these events and Adrenaline Vault for hosting this year.

Thought you saw an amazing performance at the Open Boulder Championships? Make sure you nominate them for the Sport Climbing Victoria awards.

Sport Climbing Victoria Awards

With such a rich and vibrant culture, climbing has always been about working together and supporting each other to reach incredible heights. Because of this, SCV wants to bring the community together to celebrate those individuals and teams who have excelled, who have donated their time and who have been devoted to the sport of climbing.

On November 18, at this years AGM, SCV will be recognising these individuals, teams and communities at the inaugural SCV Awards.  We would love to see you there to help celebrate their achievments.

With 11 categories ranging from community project of the year to athlete of the year there is certainly a reason to nominate an individual or group you know.

Nominations are currently open and will close on Wednesday 31 October, 2018.  Don’t waste another minute, head over to the SCV Awards page and get your nominations in now!

List of SCV Award Categories

Climber of the Year (Male)
Climber of the Year (Female)
Young Climber of the Year (Junior/Youth Male)
Young Climber of the Year (Junior/Youth Female)
Gym of the Year
Coach of the Year
Team of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Community Project of the Year
Leadership Award
Ascent of the Year


Tas State Boulder Titles – Results

That’s a wrap! With the completion of the Tasmanian State Boulder Titles on 28-29 September, 2018 the state titles are all done.

Congratulations to all our Victorian members who headed down to Tasmania to compete. Our athletes put on a show with Sarah Davis placing first in Open A Female; Grace Crowley placing third in Youth B Female; Oliver Burch placed fourth in Youth B Male and Kiara Burch finished second in Youth D female.

For full results, click here.

With the state boulder season complete there is only one competition of the year left: the 2018 Open National Boulder Championships. This is the first year the National Championships will make their way west to Perth demonstrating the continual growth of climbing in Australia.


Date: 20-21 October, 2018
Location: Adrenaline Vault, Perth, WA
Registration: Click here to register.

If you wish to compete in Open A you will need to qualify (See selection criteria) or apply at