2015 Australian Boulder Climbing Championships

Sport Climbing Victoria, in collaboration with Sport Climbing Australia, is pleased to announce that the 2015 Australian Boulder Climbing Championships will be held in Ballarat 9-11 October 2015.

With the support of the City of Ballarat, the Victorian Government and Ballarat Regional Tourism the event will host 200 competitors across 16 age and gender categories from around Australia and Internationally.  Additionally, 600 support people and spectators will also travel to the event. This allows Ballarat to capitalise on its proximity to Australia’s premier climbing region in the Grampians and further enhance Ballarat’s rich sporting history.

A customised wall will be built in Ballarat for the event to ensure a world class competition. Sport Climbing Victoria President Will Hammersla says, “With our Australian athletes achieving such great success internationally, it will be an exceptionally exciting event to see them vying for their home title here in Victoria.” This wall will remain in Ballarat for the use of local climbers and future events such as this one. The wall will also be used for training camps for the Victorian and Australian climbing teams.

Ballarat Mayor Cr John Philips says: “The City of Ballarat is proud to support the sport climbing community and attract this international event to Ballarat.  We look forward to an ongoing relationship with sport climbers of Victoria and Australia.”

Minister for Sport John Eren said he was pleased the Victorian Government could contribute to securing the event.

“The Victorian Government is proud to be providing $10,000 through the Significant Sporting Events Program to assist in securing this event for Ballarat.

We look forward to welcoming all competitors and accompanying friends and family to this historic region of Victoria.”

Sport Climbing Australia President Rob LeBreton says, “Sport Climbing featured in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China and has been short-listed for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Our sport is experiencing massive growth around the world and Ballarat is placing itself at the forefront of the development of Sport Climbing in Australia.”

SCV has the support of the City of Ballarat, Sport & Recreation Victoria, Ballarat Regional Tourism, WVCC and Grampians Tourism for this event.

Introducing: Sport Climbing Victoria Awards

This year we’ll be awarding 18 individuals, groups, businesses and organisations with the prestigious honour of a Sport Climbing Victoria Award.

In our nomination criteria, we outline Sport Climbing Victoria’s core ideals. We hope that these awards encourage you all to strive for the best, whether you’re an athlete, coach, club committee member or retail staff at an outdoor shop.

These awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate influential people and organisations in the climbing community. It’s a platform for your hard work to be recognised.

And, it’s you – the climbers – who will be deciding who wins. Aside from select awards (which will be determined by a panel of judges), most categories will be voted on by you.

You’ll also be nominating. Nominate a friend, business, colleague, or even yourself or an organisation you’re a part of.

For a list of awards, click here.
To fill out a nomination form, click here.

Nominations are OPEN. (Closing date: 1 June.)
Voting begins 1 July and ends 1 September.

Awards will be presented at 2015 Victorian State Boulder Championship, 26 September.


All voters must be members of Sport Climbing Victoria. (Not yet a member? Join us! Membership starts at just $15.)

All nominated individuals must be members of Sport Climbing Victoria.

Results: 2015 Bayside Boulder Bash

Emma Horan (ACT) and Tom Farrell (NSW) took out the Open A category at the 2015 Bayside Boulder Bash held Saturday 28 February in Carrum Downs, Victoria, each taking home cash prizes of $500. The competition attracted nearly 100 competitors, with about 20 per cent of entrants representing other states: South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Andrea Hah (NSW) qualified for finals in 1st place in womens – one of only two to complete all six qualifying boulder problems (Claire Langmore (Vic.) also topped them all with just one more attempt). In finals, it was Horan and 13-year-old Sienna Wong (Vic.) who topped the most problems (three each), with Horan needing fewer attempts. Wong placed 2nd, followed by Hah in 3rd.

In men’s, Tim Lockwood (Vic.) qualified for finals in 1st place, the only competitor to top five problems. Tom Farrell (NSW) qualified in 2nd place and was the only person to top three problems in the men’s final, securing a win. Daniel Fisher (ACT) topped one finals problem, taking second place before Jarred Jordan (NSW) in 3rd, who also topped one problem in one more attempt.

For highest placed Victorian Tim Lockwood, who hails from the country town of Natimuk, “The class of setting was top notch. Every problem was engaging and had you wanting to get back on as soon as you’d fallen off,” he tells Sport Climbing Victoria.

He was especially thrilled to unlock the slab problem in the final minutes of the qualifying boulder jam. “Really intricate climbing,” he describes.

Lockwood held his own in a field of strong competitors. Jordan was on the Australian Youth Climbing Team from 2012–2014. Fisher competed in World Youth Championships in 2011 and has climbed White Ladder (34) in Nowra, NSW. Farrell is ranked 16th in the 2014 IFSC Bouldering World Cup.

“The World-Cup style final was a first for me,” says Lockwood. “It’s certainly good onsight training.”

“This competition showed me that while they are vastly different, competition climbing and outdoors climbing don’t have to be mutually exclusive. They share similar traits of onsighting under pressure and making quick decisions based on a repertoire of skills.”

In the women’s intermediate category, Rosalyn Blake (ACT), Amy Langmore (NSW) and Tanya Schulze (Vic.) placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. In men’s intermediate, 1st, 2nd and 3rd places were taken by Frederic Bonnet (Vic.), Daniel Teo (Vic.) and Tharatorn Supasiti (Vic.).

Photos from the event are available via Climb Media, here.
For more results, click here.

Photo by Climb Media

Sport Climbing Australia Seeks National Assistant Coach

Sport Climbing Australia is seeking a qualified candidate for National Assistant Coach.

The volunteer position involves assisting National Coach Will Hammersla in training and guiding the Australian Youth and Adult climbing teams for a period of three years, from 2015 to 2017.

Applications close Friday 20 March 2015.

More information here.

Questions? Contact Will Hammersla at secretary@sportclimbingaustralia.org.au.

Send applications to secretary@sportclimbingaustralia.org.au.