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  • 15 Feb 2024 7:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2024 domestic season gets underway this weekend with the 2024 NSW/ACT Youth Boulder Titles. Over 150 youth athletes have registered for the one day even which is being hosted by Climbfit Kirrawee.

    Athletes are vying for spots on the NSW team for the Nationals Youth Championships which will be held in  South East Queensland in April.

    Good luck to all athletes competing this weekend!

  • 08 Dec 2023 5:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sport Climbing Australian is proud to announce the Australian Paraclimbing team.  The 2024 team will be our biggest yet with 14 athletes selected to represent Australia. The team has doubled in size from 7 athletes in 2023, an amazing achievement which can be put down to the hard work of Sian Spencer, Katie Kaminsky, Alex McInnes and Sarah Lacombe.

    Returning to the team for 2024 is multiple world cup podium athlete Sarah Larcombe along with Russell Harrison, father of Olympian Campbell Harrison, Eddie Sparks, Araminta McLennan, Michael Tarulli and Jessie Baiyatarkis.

    All the new members of the team attended a training camp in Sydney in November which provided them the opportunity to training in a new team environment and to learn from the experienced members of the team of what is involved in completing at the international level.

    The 2024 Paraclimbing season will see events in Salt lake City, Innsbruck in Austria  and France.

    We wish 2024 Paraclimbing team the very best for the season ahead.

    2024 Paraclimbing Team.pdf

  • 08 Dec 2023 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sport Climbing Australia is proud to announce the 2024 Sport Climbing Team. 

    The team consists of our 2 Olympic representatives, Oceania Mackenzie and Campbell Harrison who book their ticket to Paris at the recent Oceania Qualifier in Melbourne.

    Joining them are some familiar faces, Roxy Perry, Ben Abel, Max Pare and Aiden Yanev. Both Max and Aiden will be in their second year of Open competition.  Making a return to the Open team is Sam Lavender who had a couple of years off competition to concentrate on route setting. Sam had outstanding performances at the lead selection event and Boulder championships.

    Also in their second year of Open competition are Maya Statiuk, Dylan Parks and Dylan Soin and they will be joined by other youth climbers Emily Scott, Summer Fraser and Atako Nakamura. Showing the sports future is bright with this pool of young talent to get their first taste of Open International competition.

    We wish all athletes  a successful 2024 season.

    2024 Open Team.pdf

  • 03 Nov 2023 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Sport Climbing Australia is pleased to introduce Ian Melvin as our newly appointed National Performance Pathway Manager. Ian brings an extensive and deep understanding of the Australian sport system and will be working to ensure SCA's high performance program is better integrated with the broader Australian sport system and getting more support.

    Ian was previously a Senior High Performance Manager at the Queensland Academy of Sport, where he supported athletes and programs in delivering performance outcomes. Previously,  he was a Performance Pathway Coaching Consultant at the Australian Institute of Sport, contributing to the design and implementation of successful performance pathways for athletes and coaches alike. Ian's global experience in coaching cycling further strengthens his qualifications, making him an exceptional fit for the role of Performance Pathway Manager at SCA.

    Ian is SCA’s first full time employee and our first Performance Pathway Manager. His arrival signifies a momentous step forward in our quest to elevate the sport of climbing within Australia. His expertise and dedication to sport are a valuable asset to our organisation. This past week, Ian along with members of our national coaching team attended the AIS conference: World Class to World Best. This was a great opportunity to introduce Ian to the broader high performance system in his new role and demonstrates SCA's commitment to engage with the wider sporting community.

    We extend our warmest welcome to Ian and look forward to seeing what he can achieve.

  • 14 Sep 2023 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IFSC is delighted to communicate that Campbell Harrison has been elected as a new member of the IFSC Athletes’ Commission for the term 2023-2027.

    We are glad to see Mr Harrison become an athlete representative and look forward to working together with him in this new role. He will bring a positive contribution to the Commission, to athletes, and to Sport Climbing as a whole. (Pietro Gianoglio - IFSC General Affairs Officer)

    Campbell is one of our most senior and experience members of the International team and brings years of knowledge and experience to the role. We wish him all the very best with this new role.

  • 07 Sep 2023 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) is investing in our athletes of the future, naming 10 emerging stars who will receive Tier 2 scholarships in its 2024 Scholarship and Mentoring Program. 

    Thrill-seeking schoolgirl Maya Stasiuk, 15, is taking Australia to new heights. She started indoor climbing at the age of four after her parents decided that climbing up doorframes and six-metre trees was too dangerous. Now she's hoping to qualify for Paris 2024.

    "I am so grateful and honoured to receive a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship. This scholarship will provide me with support from a network of extraordinary Australian athletes. These are people who have been, or are still, on the same journey as myself. As a young athlete in an emerging sport, it is vital to have the support necessary to travel, compete and train so that I can stand amongst the best in the world.”

    Maya Stasiuk on being selected as a 2024 Tier 2 Scholarship Holder

    "Sport Climbing Australia congratulates Maya for her selection to the 2023 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program. Maya's exceptional performance in the 2022 Open Boulder National Championships, securing first position, reflects her outstanding talent and dedication. Her commendable participation in IFSC World Cups and recent Youth World Championships, achieving 23rd and 26th positions in Lead and Bouldering respectively, highlights her potential at just 15 years old. With her remarkable achievements and dedication to her sport, we are confident that Maya will achieve great things in the climbing world.”

    Sport Climbing Australia Chair, Philip Goebel 

  • 17 Aug 2023 8:53 PM | Anonymous member
    Sarah Larcombe has won Australia's first ever Paraclimbing World Championships medal, bringing home the silver in the Women's AL2 category from Bern earlier this month.

    Image: Lena Drapella

    Larcombe's result builds on her World Cup results this year in Salt Lake City, Innsbruck and Villars with a silver sweep across all comps. Reflecting to @ausclimbing, Larcombe said "My first World Championships was an amazing experience, and I’m happy (and relieved!) to be finishing the season as Vice World Champion in W-AL2. The scale and atmosphere of this event was huge and so exciting, so it was especially great to be there with the Australian team and to cheer on our athletes across all the sport climbing disciplines. I want to send a huge thanks to everyone for their support this season, and keep your fingers crossed for Paraclimbing at LA28!"  

    Image: Jan Virt

    Four Australian athletes competed at the Paraclimbing World Championships, with Jessie Bayiartakis also competing in the W-AL2 category and finishing 10th. Michael Tarulli placed 12th in the M-RP2 event and Araminta McLennan placed 13th in the W-RP1 event. While all four athletes made their Paraclimbing World Championship debut, it also served as the international competition debut for Bayiartakis and Tarulli.

    It's no coincidence that all four athletes are from Melbourne, where there is a strong paraclimbing community through the work of Adaptive Climbing Victoria (ACV). ACV was founded in 2018 by Katie Kaminsky, an APA Sport and Exercise/Amputee Rehabilitation Physiotherapist, to offer people living with a disability the opportunity to participate in the sport of rock climbing, both competitively and socially, no matter their ability. 

    Image: Lena Drapella

    Kaminsky is the National Physiotherapist and supported the team in Bern, along with National Coach Alex MacInnes. MacInnes says "The friendly and supportive atmosphere that is synonymous with climbing gyms everywhere seemed amplified in paraclimbing isolation. There was a real sense of fun and excitement in the air - competition certainly existed but everyone just seemed more excited to get the opportunity to climb again."

    Sport Climbing Australia is grateful to have received support from Airbnb through the Australian Olympic Committee to provide a team hub for the Climbing and Paraclimbing World Championship Teams. The Airbnb property allowed the athletes to relax after the demands of competition, wind down with post-training stretches, have a space to receive physiotherapy treatment, enjoy team dinners cooked in the fully equipped kitchen and create a shared team experience with other athletes and performance staff. 

    Keep up with all the Australian Climbing Team news on Instagram at @ausclimbing

  • 14 Aug 2023 6:19 PM | Anonymous member

    The SCA 2023 Feedback Survey is your chance to influence our new strategic plan and shape the future of sport climbing in Australia. We want to hear from as many people as possible from every corner of the climbing community. Your honest insights will help us identify our strengths, uncover areas of opportunity, and ensure our plans for growth align with your priorities.

    Don’t miss out! The survey will close on Wednesday, August 23rd. Submit your response here to have your say about our sport and go into the draw to win a $100 Climbing Anchors voucher. 

  • 12 Aug 2023 11:21 PM | Anonymous member

    The second half of the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Bern saw a new Australian Men's Speed record set by Hayden Barton and a semi finals placing for Oceania Mackenzie in the new combined Boulder & Lead Olympic format event.

    Image: Lena Drapella

    NSWIS athlete Hayden Barton finished 57th in Speed with a time of 6.22, setting a new Australian Men's Speed record. The previous record of 6.89 was held by Tokyo 2020 Olympian Tom O'Halloran, and the Oceania Continental Record of 5.83  is held by NZ climber Julian David.  Aaron Mattes and Grace Crowley also competed in Speed, finishing 72nd and 58th in the Men and Women's events respectively. 


    Image: Jan Virt

    At the conclusion of the Boulder and Lead World Championship events, all athletes who competed in both disciplines received a combined score calculated from their results. The top twenty climbers per gender took to the walls again in the new Olympic format for Paris 2024, with three qualification spots on offer in the final round. After narrowly missing out on Boulder finals after finishing 7th, VIS athlete Oceania Mackenzie qualified for the combined semi final where she finished in 16th place. In the Men's combined rankings, Campbell Harrison finished 53rd, Dylan Parks was 71st and WAIS athlete Maxim Pare was 72nd.


    Image: Lena Drapella

    The new combined format has been introduced for Paris 2024 with the split of Speed into a separate event and a total of four gold medals for sport climbing on offer. The scoring system performance based, with the final score of an athlete being the sum of points collected in Boulder and Lead (maximum of 100 points in each). Each Boulder problem is worth a maximum of 25 points, broken down into a TOP (25 points), Highest Zone (10 points) or Lowest Zone (5 points). The top 40 moves on the Lead route are scored, with the top 10 moves worth 4 points, the next 10 worth 3 points, the next 10 worth 2 points and then the bottom 10 worth 1 point. 


    Image: Vladek Zumr

    Sport Climbing Australia is grateful to have received support from Airbnb through the Australian Olympic Committee to provide a team hub for World Championship Teams. The Airbnb property allowed the athletes to relax after the demands of competition, wind down with post-training stretches, have a dedicated space for National Physiotherapist Katie Kaminsky to provide treatment, enjoy team dinners cooked in the fully equipped kitchen and create a shared team AUS experience with other athletes, performance staff and supporters. 

    Keep up with all the Australian Climbing Team news on Instagram and Facebook.

  • 05 Aug 2023 10:41 PM | Anonymous member

    Oceania Mackenzie has placed 7th in Boulder at the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Bern, equalling her 2023 World Cup ranking and cementing her place in Australian sport climbing history.

    Image: David Schweizer

    After qualifying for semi finals in 19th position, Mackenzie was the second climber on the wall and set the standard for the rest of the field. With three tops (including a flash) and all four zones, she narrowly missed out on qualifying for finals due to attempts to top. Janja Garnbret and Brooke Raboutou were the only climbers to top all four problems.

    According to the IFSC website, Mark Baker is the only other Australian climber to place in the top ten at a World Championships, finishing equal 7th in Speed at Frankfurt in 1991. Garth Miller finished 11th in Lead at Paris in 1997, and until now Australia's best Boulder result at a World Championships was 13th place - achieved by both Samantha Berry at Chamonix in 2003 and James Kassay at Munich in 2014.

    Although Mackenzie didn't progress beyond the Lead qualification round after finishing in 45th, her 7th place finish in Boulder will have earned the Victorian Institute of Sport athlete valuable points towards her combined score. After the conclusion of the finals, the top 20 ranked Boulder/Lead competitors will compete again in both disciplines from August 9 with three Olympic quota places on offer.


    Image: Lena Drapella / IFSC

    Strong individual performances were also recorded in the Men's events, with Australia finishing 10th place in the Boulder team rankings. In Boulder, Dylan Parks placed 63rd (one top and two zones), Max Pare placed 67th (one top and one zone), Campbell Harrison placed 79th (four zones) and Aiden Yanev placed 81st (three zones). "Had a great time and I'm super keen for more. I'm happy with my mental and physical progression throughout the season and I've learnt many valuable lessons" says Dylan Parks. "This comp I felt I had more fight in me and I'd love to keep the ball rolling."

    Image: Lena Drapella / IFSC

    Harrison was Australia's highest placed Lead competitor, finishing 39th out of 125 competitors. "Immediately after the round I was pretty upset, because I really felt like my climbing didn't 'click' on either route. Shortly after, I realised that cracking the top 40 in one of the biggest Lead World Champs fields ever is something to be pretty proud of. There's definitely a little bit of grief for how well my first qualifier was going before I missed a foothold hidden behind a volume, but that's how climbing goes sometimes…my shape certainly felt the best it's ever felt here in Bern, and the thirst to accomplish bigger and better things is strong."

    Image: Pho Metheus

    Other Lead competitors included Dylan Soin who placed 65th, Parks in 85th and Pare in 93rd. Australians still to compete include Sarah Larcombe, Araminta McLennan, Jessie Bayiartkias and Michael Tarulli in Paraclimbing from August 8, and Hayden Barton, Aaron Mattes and Grace Crowley in Speed on August 10.

    Keep up with all the Australian Climbing Team news on Instagram at @ausclimbing

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