March 27, 2014, Central Saanich, BC (ISN) – Board Chair Kimanda Jarzebiak is pleased to announce that the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich will be hosting the Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) Provincial Difficulty and Speed Championships on April 5-6, 2014.
The Provincials mark the culmination of the inaugural SCBC 2013-2014 competitive climbing season, which saw a number of local competitions in the Bouldering, Difficulty and Speed disciplines take place across the Province and the completion of the Bouldering Provincials in Abbotsford in early February.
The SCBC Provincials will feature the best climbers in the Province competing in a range of SCBC sanctioned categories including 11 and Under, 12/13, Youth B, Youth A, Junior and Open. There will also be competition in a number of non-sanctioned categories for all ages and abilities.
“We are extremely excited to once again be hosting the Difficulty and Speed Provincial Championships, especially this year as it is the first anniversary of our provincial sport organization, Sport Climbing BC” says Jarzebiak. “Climbers have been competing and training hard to get to this point, and I think we will see a number of excellent performances over the course of the weekend.”
Of particular interest at the provincials will be competition in the Speed discipline, where climbers attempt to scale a 15-metre vertical wall in the quickest time. A key competitor in the Open class will be Libor Hroza of the Czech Republic, who has been training at the Boulders for the last few months. Hroza is one of the top speed climbers in the world and has been a frequent visitor to the podium at a number of IFSC World Cup events, including gold in Arco, Italy in August 2013.
At a recent local SCBC competition at The Boulders in late February, Hroza set a new gym record of 6.038 seconds and more recently in training, posted a time of 5.793 seconds, which is below the world record time of time of 5.88 set by Russian climber Evgeniy Vaytsekhovskiy in 2012.
“Libor is fully capable of setting a new world record when we head to China in late April for the first International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup of the season, and we may see proof of that this weekend,” said Jarzebiak. “As exciting for me is that all of our speed climbers have seen exponential gains in their times since November, and many will be setting new personal bests, and possibly even new Canadian records.”
(Note: Official world records can only be set on world-record-certified walls, at IFSC sanctioned events. The next IFSC-sanctioned speed event will be held in Chongqing, China, on April 26-27, 2014. Libor Hroza will be representing the Czech Republic, and Canada will be represented by Boulders climber Robert Stewart-Patterson, and Team Manager Kimanda Jarzebiak)
Two of those climbers include brother and sister tandem Alison and Robert Stewart-Patterson who set new Canadian women’s and men’s records of 12.28 and 7.55 seconds at the same February SCBC competition and who are expected to better those times at provincials.
On the difficulty side, climbers to watch will include Nanaimo’s Elan Jonas-McRae who has won the Junior Male and Open division in three local competitions this season, and who is the defending provincial champion in that category. Also of note for the males are Vancouver’s Matthew Wellington, who has been on the podium beside Jonas-McRae three times in the Junior category this season, Kyle Murdoch and Ben Hughes in the Youth A category, and Shawnigan Lake brothers Aiden and Brennan Doyle who have reached the podium multiple times this season in the Youth C and D divisions respectively.
On the female side, climbers to watch include Victoria’s Alison Funk, with two wins in Junior Female this season, Burnaby’s Caitlin Wu, with three wins in Youth A Female and Miki Hosoi who swept the Youth B competitions.
The SCBC Provincials begin with qualifying rounds in Difficulty climbing from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday April 5th. Speed qualifying rounds run from 4:30 pm to 6:00pm on April 5th. Difficulty finals will begin at 9:30 am Sunday April 6th and run to approximately 12:00 Noon when the Speed final rounds will begin. An award ceremony will follow at 1:30 pm. All spectators are welcome to attend free of charge.
Registration is still open for climbers who want to enter and will stay open until March 30, 2014. The fee is $80 plus HST for Difficulty and $10 plus HST for Speed and climbers can register and find more details at http://www.sportclimbingbc.ca.
The Boulders Climbing Gym is located at 1627 Stelly’s Cross Road in Central Saanich on Vancouver Island, attached to Stelly’s Secondary School. It is approximately a 30 minute drive from downtown Victoria. For further details please visit www.climbtheboulders.com or call 250-544-0310.
About The Boulders Climbing Gym
The Boulders Climbing Gym is a not-for-profit society, with the mandate of making climbing accessible for everyone, regardless of ability or ability to pay. With over 13,000 square feet (1,208 square metres) of climbing space, The Boulders Climbing Gym is a community facility and a unique social enterprise, providing adaptive recreation and rehabilitation programs, youth recreational and competitive programs, as well as facilitating a climbing academy at Stelly’s Secondary School. All instructors are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. See www.climbtheboulders.com for more details.
About Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC)
The Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) was established in 2012 to be the Provincial Sport Organization for competition climbing in British Columbia and to foster and promote the growth of competition climbing throughout the Province. SCBC will be holding the Annual General Meeting at the Boulders Climbing Gym at 6:30 pm on April 5th. Learn more at www.sportclimbingbc.ca.
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