February 28, 2014, Kamloops, BC – The Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia’s (SCBC) first sanctioned climbing season is in full swing! Formed in late 2012 to serve as the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for competition climbing in British Columbia, the 2013-2014 SCBC schedule has featured a number of events in the Bouldering, Speed and Difficulty Climbing disciplines, the most recent of which was a combined local competition in Speed and Difficulty that was held at The Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
SCBC also recently hosted the 2014 Bouldering Provincials on February 8, 2014 at the Project Climbing Centre in Abbotsford that saw a number of Provincial Champions crowned in various age categories.
This included Shawnigan Lake brothers Brennan Doyle (Youth D Male) and Aiden Doyle (Youth C Male), West Vancouver’s Stephanie Chow (Youth C Female), Coquitlam’s Hayden Jones (Youth B Male), Abbotsford’s Sophie Buitendyk (Youth B Female), Port Coquitlam’s Kyle Murdoch (Youth A Male), Burnaby’s Caitlin Wu (Youth A Female), North Vancouver’s Gavin Johnson (Junior Male), Rose Gallo (Junior Female) and Tiffany Melius (Open Female) and Mission’s Jesse Taplin (Open Male).
Those climbers ages 16 and older are now eligible to represent British Columbia at the Bouldering Nationals which will be held March 29-30, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario.
Last Saturday’s competition at The Boulders was the second of four sanctioned Difficulty and first of two sanctioned Speed competitions that will ultimately lead to the SCBC Provincials in both at The Boulders on April 5, 2014. The first Difficulty competition took place at the Edge Climbing Centre in North Vancouver on January 26th.
In the Difficulty competition, there were a number of familiar names that reached the podium at The Boulders, including Nanaimo’s Elan Jonas-McRae who took gold in both the Junior Male and Open Male categories, but also a few surprises, including Youth A winners Kyle Murdoch (male) and Caitlin Wu (female) who earned their way into the Bronze medal positions in the Open Male and Open Female division respectively.
Other Gold medal winners in Difficulty at the Boulders included Brentwood Bay’s Marina Steele (Recreational Female), Shawnigan Lake’s Mathias Bell (Recreational Male), North Vancouver’s Noora Ross (Youth D Female), Shawnigan Lake’s Brennan Doyle (Youth D Male), West Vancouver’s Stephanie Chow (Youth C Female), North Vancouver’s Michael Maser (Youth C Male), Coquitlam’s Julia Massullo (Youth B Female), Vancouver’s Ivan Luo (Youth B Male), Victoria’s Alison Funk (Junior Female) and North Vancouver’s Tiffany Melius (Open Female).
A highlight of the Speed competition last Saturday at The Boulders were the climbs of champion Czech climber Libor Hroza, who won the Open Male category and who, in the process, set a new Boulders Gym record of 6.038 seconds in one of his climbs.
Hroza’s time was impressive, as it was just 0.16 seconds off the world record of 5.88 seconds set by Russian climber Evgeniy Vaytsekhovskiy in 2012. It is also the second quickest time posted by Hroza during competition, his best being that of 5.99 seconds that earned him a first place finish at a Speed World Cup event in Arco, Italy in 2013.
Hroza has been training at the Boulders since late December and his influence is rubbing off on other climbers who train there regularly. This includes brother and sister duo Robert and Alison Stewart-Patterson of Kamloops. Robert won first in the Junior Male category and in the process, set his own personal best time and a new Canadian men’s record of 7.550 seconds, bettering his previous mark of 8.06.
Alison was victorious in the Open Female category and set a new Canadian women’s record of 12.28 seconds with one of her climbs, bettering the mark of 13.38 she set at the 2013 IFSC World Youth Championships.
Other Gold medal winners in the Speed competition at the Boulders included Brennan Doyle (Youth D Male), Sylvie Mayhill (Youth D Female), Aidan Doyle (Youth C Male), Stephanie Chow (Youth C Female), Ivan Luo (Youth B Male), Elena Moss (Youth B Female), Aaron DiLallo (Youth A Male), Catherine Kavelaars (Youth A Female), Evelyna Trottier (Junior Female), Nate Corsi (Recreational Male), Athena Fowler (Recreational Female), and Jeremy Moss (Experienced Male).
Next up on the SCBC schedule is the “Spring Cling,” a Difficulty competition that will take place at the Richmond Oval on March 15, 2014. This will be followed on March 22, 2014 with a combined Difficulty and Speed competition at The Rock Wall in Maple Ridge. The SCBC will then cap off their 2013-2014 season with the Difficulty and Speed Provincials at The Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich on April 5, 2014.
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