Who We Are

Sport Climbing Victoria is run by an elected Board of Directors:

President – Philip Goebel

Philip is the current president of Sport Climbing Victoria. He is originally from Canada where he started climbing over 15 years ago. Having started climbing in Canadian Rockies he has been exposed to all disciplines of climbing. He has over 8 years of experience in coaching and setting roles at various gyms. Philip has post-graduate training in physiotherapy and is excited about further raising the profile and standards of climbing in Australia.

 Vice-President – Roisin Briscoe

Roisin has been climbing for over 15 years.  Roisin’s climbing passion started in the outdoors where she learnt to trad and sport climb and later developed into a competition fiend, competing in any comp she could get her hands on.  Roisin currently works in the sporting industry and hopes to bring this knowledge to Sport Climbing Victoria.

Secretary –Ellen White-Mackenzie

Ellen has  been interested in climbing since she first
climbed as a 14-year-old. Taking her young children climbing stemmed an obsession for her entire family.

Ellen has been involved with SCV since 2015. Ellen’s main interest areas are youth development and supporting other under represented groups within our climbing community.

Hearing from the community that a state youth team was needed Ellen initiated Youth Competition Climbing Victoria (YCCV), which has been very successful. Ellen has also been involved in formulating the SCV child safety policy and continues to develop further policies for SCV.  If you see Ellen around and want to discuss anything SCV and/or sport climbing related, please feel free to come and chat.

Treasurer – Ally Driessen

Ally has been appointed Treasurer for 2018, previously to this Ally has been an ordinary committee member.

A climber and outdoor lover since her early teens, Ally worked at the first climbing gym in Victoria, spent time in the outdoor retail industry, travelled Australia exploring our beautiful country and in more recent years built her skills in events and project management. She is an energetic member of our climbing community and is committed to ensuring that children and young people who participate in SCV activities have a safe and happy experience.

 Tim Addicoat

Tim has been climbing for around 15 years and has been involved in the climbing industry in Melbourne for 10 years, first as an instructor at Hardrock, then a youth squad coach at Gravity Worx and now in retail with Climbing Anchors.

Tim’s love of climbing lies with the outdoors but his interest in competition climbing was peaked recently as a coach of the Gravity Worx youth squad when he saw just how far some of the kids had come, in such a short time. With many getting podium finishes in only their first or second competition. This spurred him to join the SCV board so he could help out with competitions and events and support all climbers competing, and help to bring the sport even further into the spotlight!

James Gooden

James has been climbing for 17 years and competed in the youth divisions at a state and national level until 2006. James has also been climbing regularly outdoors since with Mt Arapiles being a favourite destination. He aspires to be an all-round mountain athlete and spends his time climbing (trad, sport & ice), mountaineering, skiing and mountain running. He currently competes at a state level in the senior division and is passionate about growing the sport at all levels.

Steph Gooden

Steph has been climbing for 19 years.  Steph is no stranger to the outdoors with over 12 years experience as  a trad climber.  Steph enjoys long adventures trad climbing with her partner James (also a board member) and loves the places in the world that climbing takes you.

In addition to the outdoors Steph has been involved with competitions since 2004, initially as an athlete, then as a passionate and committed volunteer.

Steph works in design and production management, graphic design, product design and construction design.

photo by Radest Productions  Yvette Harrison

Yvette is a founding member of SCV and is in her 4th term as a Sport Climbing Victoria board member. Yvette loves the growth of SCV over the years and is proud of our achievements and future ventures to come.  Having attended many local, national and international events over the years as a supporter, parent and Australian Team Manager, Yvette understands the need for our athletes to have recognition and support, starting at a state level.
Yvette is looking forward to making further development in 2018 for Victoria’s members.

 Katie Kaminsky

Katie is a physiotherapist working in sports (with a focus on climbing) and orthopaedic trauma rehabilitation. She has been a climber for 8 years and participates in all disciplines. She is currently undertaking research in injury prevention in rock climbing.


Karen Powell

Karen Powell is an avid outdoor enthusiast, having spent many years trail running, open water swimming, and cycling.  As a parent of a competitive climber (Grace Crowley), Karen is learning her way around an indoor climbing gym and climbing competitions.  In her career, Karen teaches law at Deakin University, and has been a board member of many non-profit, community, and sport clubs over the past 25 years.  She hopes to bring that legal and board experience to assist in growing SCV.  Karen’s passionate about supporting Victoria’s elite and youth competitive climbers, supporting new climbers from varied backgrounds to feel welcome in our climbing spaces, and exploring Victoria’s great indoor and outdoor climbing scenes.

Gaetan Riou

Gaetan originated from France, but started indoor climbing while he was living in London. Shortly after Gaetan moved to Melbourne where he discovered outdoor climbing. Gaetan has been climbing for over 8 years and participates in various  climbing disciplines including bouldering, sport climbing and trad climbing. While outdoor climbing is what he enjoys the most, Gaetan spends a fair amount of time climbing indoors. Gaetan also enjoys the challenge of competition, you might have seen him competing around Victoria. In the last few years, he took various volunteer roles , either judging or belaying.

Gaetan is a software developer, currently working in the climbing industry. Gaetan is looking forward to helping on the SCV board in anyway he can.