Sport Climbing Australia

 Lead - Bouldering - Speed


Climbing in 2016

Tokyo 2020

In 2010 the IOC gave definitive recognition to the IFSC and officially welcomed Sport Climbing in the Olympic family.  In 2011 the IOC decided to include sport climbing with seven other on the short list for the 2020 Olympics.  This was the beginning of a new era for sport climbing.  Since then sport climbing was chosen as a demonstration sport at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing China in 2014, with our own Matt Tsang representing Australia. 

In September 2015 sport climbing was officially proposed as a new sport for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Panel.  The event would encompass Lead, Speed and Boulder disciplines to showcase each aspect of the sport.  The climbing community is keenly awaiting a final announcement by the IOC in August 2016.  

Sport climbing is booming!

In recent years, climbing has truly become a popular sport, mostly because of numerous climbing gyms: more and more athletes are attracted by vertical challenges, both indoor and outdoor, and the trend continues. All this for a very good reason: climbing does not only train most of our 656 muscles; it also is a complex mind challenging sport.

A large worldwide climbing community

  • 25 million people are climbing regularly
  • They are part of the 250 million outdoor enthusiasts
  • Popularity in largest cities (300+ indoor climbing walls in London / 350+ in Paris Ile-de-France)
  • Climbing gyms from 2007 to 2012 have increased by 50%. In Germany, there are more than 280 climbing gyms open to the public. In the United States there are around 600

A community with a unique profile

  • IFSC members come from both mountain/rural and urban areas
  • Climbers are young (39% under 18) but practice until 60 years or more
  • The share of female climbers is very high (38% vs. usual maximum 31%). This can be explained as climbing is a sport not only about strength, but also about body control and athleticism.
  • Climbing has also become an international high-performance sport

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