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July 2018

SCA Strategic Plan - ‘On the Way to the Top’ 2018-2021

SCA is pleased to be able to present the attached strategic plan to member States.

You can download the plan here

‘On the Way to the Top’ 2018-2021 was developed by SCA after consultation with its Member States. A pre-planning survey was conducted to gather feedback from Member States and SCA Directors. Over a weekend, Board Directors, with the support of an independent facilitator, considered the strategic priorities for SCA for the next 3 years. 

2018 Clif Bar Youth Climbing Championships

Registrations are now open for the 2018 Clif Bar National Youth Championships. Early bird entries open until 1st May. This exciting event at Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym - Villawood will decide the Champions in each age category for Lead, Speed and Boulder as well as selecting the Australian Team who will head to Moscow for the World Youth Championships.

For more information head to the registration page for the info pack and to register!!

Thank you to CLIF BarEdelrid Australia and La Sportiva Australia for supporting this event.

SCA Fundraising

Sport Climbing Australia team members will be attending screenings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival around Australia over coming months.  With thanks to support from Clif Bar, we will be selling Clif Bars at screenings to raise money for the Australian Climbing Team trip to the World Championships in Innsbruck and the Youth World Championships in Moscow. 

Dates for screenings can be found at banffaustralia.com.au

Annual Report

SCA have recently released our Annual Report to our website.  To find out more about all the activities we have undertaken during 2017, please head to our website and check it out.


2018 Clif Bar Open Speed and Lead Championships

Over 3 days in late May, the 2018 Clif Bar Open Speed and Lead Championships saw Australia’s best climbers competing for the Australian National titles in lead & speed.  Paraclimbing, Open B, Masters & Open A were all well represented in both male and female.

A massive thank you to our event volunteers co-ordinated by Sport Climbing Victoria.  Without the support of volunteers and state bodies, running National events would be impossible.  

Thank you also to our event sponsors; Clif Bar, La Sportiva & Edelrid. As you can see from the event photos, there were plenty of goodies for everyone!!

Full results for the event can be found here.

Oceana Mackenzie & Ben Abel - 2018 Speed Champions

Check out the video from the event on our facebook page and action photos from all sessions are available from Climb Media, at climbmediaphotography.com.au

Boulder Rules Update

To reflect the changes at the IFSC level, we have updated our bouldering rules.  This reflects that the number of bonuses is now more important than the attempts to reach a top.  We have also expanded the tie break rules to cover the whole podium and not just first place. 

You can find this policy as well as all of our competition policies on our websitehere.

November 2017

We have two exciting announcements from SCA



2018 Lead Calendar Announced


Sport Climbing Australia is happy to announce the full lead calendar for 2018 so put these dates into your diary! 


The season commences with the Tasmanian state titles which are being held at Rock it Climbing Centre in Hobart on the 2nd-3rd of February. 


The next event on the calendar is the Victorian state titles on the 10th February. 


Following that we are heading West to Perth for the first WA Lead Titles being run by SCWA on the 24-25th of February. 


We will then head back to SA on the 3-4 March and to Queensland for their Open Lead titles on the 10-11th March. Queensland will then be holding a separate Youth Lead titles on the 21-22nd of April. 


All of these state titles will be qualifying events for the National Lead & Speed Titles which will be held on the 24-25th March at Hardrock Nunawading and 26th March at Gravityworx  in Victoria and the National Youth Titles which will be held on the 11-13th May at SICG Villawood. 


We look forward to seeing you at these events so start training at your local gym now!


2-3 February

Tasmania Lead Titles

Rock it Climbing Centre, Hobart

10 February

Victorian Lead Titles

Northwalls, Brunswick

17-18 February

NSW/ACT Lead & Speed


24-25 February

WA Lead Titles

City Summit

3-4 March

SA Lead Titles

Vertical Reality Climbing

10-11 March

Queensland Open Lead


24-25 March

National Lead

Hardrock Nunawading

26 March

National Speed

Gravity Worx, Coburg

21-22 April

Queensland Youth Lead


11-13 May

National Youth

SICG Villawood


Appointment of PSE as exclusive commercial and marketing partner

Sport Climbing Australia is proud to announce that we have a new commercial and marketing partner.  We have been developing a strong relationship with Paul Sergeant Events (PSE) over the past 12 months to define how we will be cooperating over the next five years. 

PSE will be in charge of the commercialisation of our Sport with the aim to increase the profile of Sport Climbing and more particularly to bring international events to Australia.

This is a very exciting step for Sport Climbing Australia and we are looking forward to leveraging the rapid growth in the sport for the bene fit of all our members.  



You can read the full press release here. 


April 2017

Local Events

The lead season comprised state title events around the country, which culminated with the 2017 Open Lead and Speed Championships which was held at SICG Villawood on the 31st March and 1st April. This was the first adult-only lead and speed competition since the change to the competition calendar.

The Youth Championships was split from the Open events to more closely reflect the international events that our Australian team will compete in at the Youth and Open level.  The format was well received by both competitors and organisers. Roxy Perry from Tasmania took the National title in both Female Open A Lead and Female Open A Speed. Jarred Jordan from NSW won the Male Open A Speed and Campbell Harrison from Victoria took the National title in Male Open A. Full results can be found here.

More about the competition can be can read here: http://www.verticallifemag.com.au/2017/04/lead-and-speed-nationals-2017/ .

The 2017 Clif Bar Youth Climbing Championships will be held in Melbourne from the 19th-21st May with all three disciplines being held across three venues.  For more information about the Youth event, or to volunteer head here.  


SCA’s first Annual General Meeting since the change to a company structure was held on 31st March. All member states were present either in person or via teleconference. Caitlin Horan stepped down from the board after two years, and Nick Mennell (from NSW) and Scott Braithwaite (from QLD) were voted in as new SCA board members. SCA warmly welcomes the new board members! The board is currently interviewing additional board members.

The board discussed with the member states the work of the SCA board so far this year as well as developments within the sport.  The recent lead season was reviewed with the member states and opportunities for learning were discussed.    

Rob LeBreton and Carlie LeBreton were both unanimously voted in as life members of Sport Climbing Australia. Rob and Carlie have both been pivotal members of the sport climbing community at the state and national level.  Their hard work and commitment to the sport over decades has been recognised with this decision. 

International Events

The first International Event with Australian representation will be in the World Cup in Tokyo in May, and July in the World Games in Poland. Follow us on Facebook to stay informed about what is happening!

January 2017

Happy New Year from the Sport Climbing Australia board and Coaching team.  2016 was a fast moving year for SCA with lots of exciting things happening.  


We started the year by receiving recognition from the ASC. This has led to ongoing work as we develop relationships with the ASC and the AIS and introduce them to our great sport. This has opened up access to grants for individuals, state bodies and nationally for our sport and a number of athletes have accessed programs so far.  

We held our AGM during October.  The SCA board provided an update on the work of SCA and the coaching team during 2016 in a presentation which is available here: https://prezi.com/qeyapoolz2uq/sport-climbing-australia/

We voted on moving the corporate structure of SCA to a company limited by guarantee with member states in a federated model. This is the last step in the requirements for recognition by the ASC for our sport.  

After a long campaign by the IFSC, in August Sport Climbing was announced as a sport for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  This is a very exciting development for the sport and will open up more opportunities for growth to us.  It has also meant that SCA has a position on the governing body of the Australian Olympic Committee.  The SCA board is developing a plan to best prepare our athletes for the Olympics and we are seeking funding to implement this plan over the four-year cycle.  


Local Events

In October Urban Climb Milton hosted the Australian Bouldering Championships.  This was the largest ever Bouldering Championships and built on the growth of the event over the past few years.  We had an international setter on the setting team and a number of international guest athletes competing in the event.  

Our state bodies held 11 state title events between them during 2017.  SCA provided technical support to some of these events and has implemented a system of training and accreditation for officials at all state and national events.

The coaching team hosted training camps around Australia during the year.  Some of these were exclusively for the International team and others were open to any members of SCA.

Also, we would not have been able to run these events without the support of the hosting climbing gyms and our loyal sponsors.  The climbing industry has been a strong supporter of Sport Climbing Australia for many years and this contributes to the quality of the events our members participate in. 

International Events

The Australian Youth team selection was held at Bayside Rock and Hardrock Climbing in April.  This was our largest ever youth team and they represented Australia at the World Youth Championships in China during November.  Seven of our athletes made it into semi-finals and one athlete made it into the finals and placed fifth overall.  Whilst we have had some strong individual performances before, this is our best combined result and shows great potential for the future of the sport in Australia.  

Australia also had its largest Open team competing on the World Cup Circuit during 2016.  This culminated in the World Championship in Paris during September where we had seven athletes and six officials representing us. 

The international team achieved these outstanding results with the work of volunteers and a self-funded team of athletes. 

Throughout the year, SCA has been working with the Oceania Council for Sport Climbing to develop the sport in the Oceania region. We hosted the Oceania Lead and Speed Championships at Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym Villawood in June and are working on a date for another Oceania event in 2017.  


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the state bodies, the coaching team, the facilities and our many volunteers for the work that you have put in this year. Also, it is important to remember that SCA's only source of revenue is membership fees and without that support we would not exist. 

2017 – The year ahead

In conjunction with the coaching team we have developed a new calendar format for 2017 as well as new selection criteria for our international team.  This will see the Youth Nationals split into a separate event with Lead, Speed and Boulder and the Open Lead and Speed and Open Boulder held as separate events.   

Our main goals for 2017 are:

•   Continuing to pursue opportunities for funding

•   Accrediting all officials involved in the judging/administration of events

•   Supporting events at the state level

•   Continuing to improve the standard of our competitions

•   Further developing training opportunities for members

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year full of new climbing experiences.

October 2016

Annual General Meeting – Presentation

Sport Climbing Australia held its annual general meeting (AGM) on the 2nd of October during the running of the 2016 CLIFBar Australian Bouldering Championships.  The meeting was well attended by members who were updated on the work of the board during the past 12 months.  

If you were unable to attend the AGM the presentation is available to view online at http://prezi.com/qeyapoolz2uq/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy 

At the AGM the members voted for the special resolution to accept the registration of Sport Climbing Australia Limited by guaranties and its associated constitution and dissolve the Sport Climbing Australia association.

Once the new constitution has been registered SCA will be seeking nominations for three positions on the board via the state bodies.  If you are interested in a position on the Sport Climbing Australia board, please forward your resume to your state body for consideration.  

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@sportclimbingaustralia.org.au

August 2016

With Sport Climbing now being accepted into the 2020 Olympics, SCA is busy making the necessary changes to bring Sport Climbing into line with the requirements of the relevant sporting bodies in Australia.  Therefore, over the next 12 months the following changes will be made to accommodate our growing sport:

SCA change of structure

The SCA Board and associated state bodies will move to a corporate structure, requiring a change in the constitution and change in Board make-up and responsibilities. This is a governance requirement from the Australian Sport Commission.  This will be voted on at the SCA AGM held during the 2016 Australian National Boulder Championships in QLD in October. 

Membership Fees 2017

SCA fees will increase for the National Membership and Climbing Facility Membership categories.  The National Membership for 2017 will be $59.  This will allow entry into all state level events as well as national titles.  The State membership will remain at $16.   With the opportunities Sport Climbing is about to face we need the support of all the climbing community to be able to move to the next level. The incredible efforts from our volunteers over the years has brought us a long way and we expect to move faster in the coming years. Increasing our national budget will support these changes.  


In our August meeting the SCA board voted to renew the insurance policy for SCA as well as the five state boards. This covers public liability as well as professional indemnity for each of the six boards and is the largest single item in our operating budget and is one of the new expenses we are incurring under the ASC approved structure. 

Australian Team Selection

The Australian Team selection process will change, and be based on results at the National Lead, Speed and Boulder events for both Youth and Open rather than a separate selection event.  Details on the new selection process will be posted on the SCA website shortly.

National Competition Calendar

The national calendar will change, to better prepare athletes to compete at the world championship events. We will now run 3 National events:

- National Lead and Speed for Open: will only contain the categories Open A, B, and Masters

- National Boulder for Open: will only contain the categories Open A, B, and Masters

- National Youth Titles: will contain Youth D/C/B/A and Juniors and all three climbing disciplines will take place at the same time over the competing weekend. 

The State and National Lead events will be run slightly earlier in the year (Jan-April), and the National Youth Titles will be held in May.  The State and National Boulder events will be run from Jun to Nov.

Selection Policy For National Boulder 2016

     All competitors placing in the top 5 of their category at their state competition are automatically selected to compete. Interstate competitors do not count in the state ranking. Competitors unable to attend their state competition will be selected under the below criteria

    Extra spots are available until the maximum number of competitors per category is reached. All climbers wishing to compete must register online before the 17th September 2016.  Registration fees will be fully reimbursed for all non-selected applicants. The following criteria will be used in the order stipulated below:

1.      Places offered according to ranking in Australian State Championships

2.      Remaining places will be offered by date of registration (earliest first)


If you have any questions on the above changes, please feel free to contact us at info@sportclimbingaustralia.org.au.


Sport Climbing Australia Board




PO Box 8029 Sumner VIC 3057

Email: info@sportclimbingaustralia.org.au


In the spirit of reconciliation Sport Climbing Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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