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Sport Climbing Australia Team Member Joins Red Bull Team

The 17-year-old Blue Mountains local was announced as a Red Bull team member in October.

Sport Climbing Australia’s national team member Angie Scarth-Johnson has been announced as a Red Bull sponsored athlete. 17-year-old Angie officially became part of Red Bull’s ranks in October, and will have the opportunity to join some of the world’s best climbers on team trips.

Angie started climbing at age seven and first stamped her name in the record books at just nine, when she became the youngest person to ever lead a grade 31 climb, “Swingline” at Red River Gorge, USA. A year later, Angie set yet another record, as the youngest person to lead a grade 32/33.

Based in the Blue Mountains, Angie is a member of Sport Climbing Australia’s national open team, and spends much of her year travelling, competing, and climbing abroad.

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Nicole Rowles
Communications Officer Sport Climbing Australia 0400 955 956

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Oceania Championships Summary

11 Jan 2021 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Women’s Combined

In the women’s speed final, Oceania Mackenzie (VIC) kick-started a dream competition with a convincing win against Ella Easton (NSW). Angie Scarth-Johnson (NSW) secured third place.

Mackenzie breezed through the women’s boulder final, flashing all three problems. Angie Scarth-Johnson followed with two tops and three zones, while Ella Easton took out third place, securing two tops and two zones.

In the women’s lead event, Oceania Mackenzie secured a top, capping off a fall-free weekend. Angie Scarth-Johnson reached 42+, securing herself a spot on the podium, while Queenslander Lucy Stirling came in third.

Women’s Combined Results:

1. Oceania Mackenzie (VIC)

2. Angie Scarth-Johnson (NSW)

3. Ella Easton (NSW)

4. Siobhan Dobie (NSW)

5. Lucy Stirling (QLD)

6. Mia Weeda (VIC)

7. Cirrus Tan (NZ)

8. Leah Jeffries (NSW)

9. Roxy Perry (TAS)

Men’s Combined

Tom Farrell (NSW) dominated the speed final, the only competitor to clock a time under seven seconds. Tom O’Halloran came in second, ahead of Newcastle’s Ben Abel.

In a challenging men’s boulder final, Ben Abel was the only competitor to find a top. Tom O’Halloran secured three zones, trailed by James Kassay (VIC), who also latched three zones, coming in third on a countback.

James Kassay put in a smooth performance in the lead final, becoming unstuck one move from the top. Tom O’Halloran also fell just shy of the top, matching Kassay’s high point.

Men’s Combined Results:

1. Tom O’Halloran (NSW)

2. Ben Abel (NSW)

3. James Kassay (VIC)

4. Tom Farrell (NSW)

5. Ned Middlehurst (VIC)

6. Chase Gatland (NZ)

7. Hugo Hornshaw (NSW)

8. Campbell Harrison (VIC)


Adaptive Climber Sarah Lacombe Receives La Sportiva Scholarship

Melbourne’s Sarah Larcombe sets sights on IFSC World Cup events.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Adaptive climber Sarah Larcombe has been named the recipient of a scholarship from prestigious outdoor brand La Sportiva.

As regular competition schedules resume, the Melbourne local is looking forward to vying for a place on the Australian Paraclimbing Team for the first time. Sarah has her sights set on the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) circuit, and would like to see paraclimbing included in the Olympic Games by 2028.

She said, “The gear provided to me from this scholarship definitely takes some of the financial pressure off being involved in climbing. I'm also so happy that major brands like La Sportiva are investing in paraclimbers and the development of our sport, and I'm proud to be able to represent my community in this position.”

Sarah is also an accomplished outdoor climber, who has recently been learning traditional climbing skills at Arapiles (Djurite).

“I'd also love to set some more ambitious outdoor climbing goals,” she said. “Half Dome [in the USA’s Yosemite National Park], maybe?”

In addition to focusing on her own climbing career, Sarah is on the Adaptive Climbing Victoria board. The organisation supports adaptive climbers to participate in sport climbing competitively and socially.

Media Contact

Nicole Rowles
Communications Officer Sport Climbing Australia 0400 955 956

Sport Climbing Australia’s Grace Crowley Takes on USA’s Top Speed Climbers

Melbourne’s Grace Crowley competed at the 2021 Yeti National Championships in Utah, USA.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Sport Climbing Australia open team member Grace Crowley has taken on the USA’s top speed climbers at the 2021 Yeti National Championships in Utah, USA.

The 18-year-old Brunswick East local qualified for semi-finals after receiving a last-minute invitation to compete in the November 13 event.

Crowley recorded a time of 11.95, finishing in 13th place against 16 of the USA’s strongest climbers.

Speed climbing requires two competitors at a time to race each other, and the clock, to the top of a 15m wall with a 5 degree incline. Speed climbing made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where it was combined with the boulder and lead disciplines to determine the world’s first Olympic sport climbing medalists.

Full Results from the 2021 Yeti National Championships


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Nicole Rowles

Communications Officer Sport Climbing Australia

0400 955 956





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