Sport Climbing BC Crowns Provincial Champions

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April 6, 2014, Central Saanich, BC (ISN) – The Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) capped off its inaugural season this past weekend with the Provincial Speed and Difficulty Championships at The Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich.

Well over 100 athletes were in attendance at The Boulders, competing in a range of SCBC sanctioned categories including 11 and Under, 12/13, Youth B, Youth A, Junior and Open. There was also competition in a number of non-sanctioned categories for all ages and abilities. Qualifying climbs in both disciplines took place Saturday, with athletes completing two qualifying climbs, while finals in both took place Sunday morning.

Alison Stewart-Patterson visualizes her route prior to her qualifying climb Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the Difficulty category, there were no big surprises for the most part and the favourites heading into the weekend all reached the podium.

On the Men’s side, Nanaimo’s Elan Jonas-McRae showed the crowd why he is one of the top-ranked climbers in the country, easily topping both of his qualifying climbs on Saturday and being the only climber to top the final route on Sunday to capture both the Junior Male and Open Male category.

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Elan Jonas-McRae salutes the crowd after topping his finals route on Sunday to win the Junior and Open Male divisions (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Standing next to McRae on the podium in the Junior Male category were Matthew Wellington (silver) and Tristen Gosselin (bronze), while in the Open Male division, silver went to Ryder Hoy, while bronze went to Jesse Taplin and Kyle Murdoch.

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Ryder Hoy would hang on for a second place finish in the Open Male division (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the Youth A Male division, Port Coquitlam’s Kyle Murdoch would take home the gold, with Ben Hughes grabbing the silver. Bronze went to Connor Schellenberg. Murdoch’s finish also earned him a tie for third place in the Open Male division with Jesse Taplin.

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Kyle Murdoch reaches for a hold on the stalactite during qualifying Saturday. Murdoch would win the Youth A Male division (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

As also expected, Shawnigan Lake brothers Aiden and Brennan Doyle won their respective categories with Aiden capturing gold in Youth C Male and Brennan capturing gold in Youth D Male. Alongside Aiden on the Youth C podium were Michael Maser (silver) and Eamon Collins (bronze), while alongside Brennan on the Youth D podium was Matthew Witwicki with the silver.

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Brothers Aiden (left) and Brennan (right) Doyle would be double gold winners in both the Difficulty and Speed competition (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Other winners on the men’s side included Vancouver’s Ivan Luo who took gold in the Youth B Male category while Victoria’s Andrew McVey won gold in the Advanced Male division. Next to Luo on the Youth B Male podium were Hayden Jones (silver) and Jakob Plamondon (bronze).

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Ivan Luo (left) and Andrew McVey (right) would take gold in the Youth B and Advanced Male categories respectively (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

On the women’s side, the Open Female division featured a great competition between North Vancouver’s Tiffany Melius and Victoria’s Alison Stewart-Patterson. Melius, who climbed first, neared the top of her route before a knee injury brought her climb to an end. Stewart-Patterson, nursing a sore hamstring, climbed later and gritted out a tough climb, nearing the point reached by Melius, but coming just one hold short, giving Melius the gold and Stewart-Patterson the silver.

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Tiffany Melius would win gold in the Open Female category and also win the overall SCBC season title in that group (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Standing next to Melius and Stewart-Patterson on the Open podium was Victoria’s Alison Funk who got there by winning gold in the Junior Female division, her third win in that category this season. Silver in the Junior category went to Rose Gallo while Evelyna Trottier took home the bronze.

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Alison Funk would take gold in the Junior Female category as well as Bronze in Open Female (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Favourite in the Youth B category, Delta’s Mika Hosoi, also did not disappoint, winning gold in the Youth B Female division. Joining Hosoi on the podium were Abbotsford’s Sophie Buitendyk with silver and Coquitlam’s Julia Massullo with bronze.

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Mika Hosoi continued her domination in the Youth B Female category, winning her 5th competition of the season (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Perhaps the only upset of the weekend was in the Youth A female category, where favourite Caitlin Wu, winner of three previous competitions this season, faltered and finished third, after North Vancouver’s Abby Taylor who took gold, and New Westminster’s Hannah Block, who took silver.

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Abby Taylor would emerge victorious in the Youth A female category (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Other winners on the women’s side went to Maple Ridge’s Anya Soon-Kozak (Youth D Female), West Vancouver’s Stephanie Chow (Youth C Female) and Brentwood Bay’s Marina Steele (Recreational Female). Silver medals went to Alana Titerle (Youth D Female), Sienna Mothus (Youth C Female) and Anastasia Castro (Recreational Female), while bronze medals went to Deven Duquette and Lauren Larbalestier Youth D Female), Tatum Oyama (Youth C Female) and Sophia Pimentel (Recreational Female).

In the Speed competition, it was a definite home field, or in this case, wall, advantage for climbers who train regularly at the Boulders, as they won gold in ten of the thirteen age categories, including podium sweeps in the Open Male and Open Female Divisions.

In Open Male, the pre-weekend excitement centred around Czech climber Libor Hroza, who in training for the Provincials, eclipsed the world speed record of 5.88 seconds and who many felt would do that again over the weekend’s competition. Unfortunately that was not to be, as the best Hroza could do was a 6.212 in Saturday’s qualifying round and a 6.575 in Sunday’s semi-finals. In the finals Sunday, Hroza went up against current Canadian record holder Robert Stewart-Patterson, and when Hroza false started, gold went to Stewart-Patterson, who in the process set a new Canadian Men’s record time of 7.458 seconds, bettering the mark of 7.55 seconds that he set in February. Completing the sweep of the podium in the Open Male division was Victoria’s Kevin Schaftlen, who with a time of 8.6 seconds defeated Tristen Gosselin by just 1/10th of a second.

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Libor Hroza (left) and Robert Stewart-Patterson take off in the finals of the Open Male Speed Competition Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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Boulders climbers Robert Stewart-Patterson (centre), Libor Hroza (right) and Kevin Schaftlen (left) would sweep the Open Men’s Speed final (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the Open Female division, Boulders climbers once again swept the podium, as current Canadian Women’s record holder Alison Stewart-Patterson took gold, followed by Skye Irwin with silver and Claire Wagstaff with bronze. Stewart-Patterson, who was slowed slightly by a hamstring injury, had a best time of 12.97 seconds, just off her Canadian record time of 12.28 seconds set in February.

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Skye Irwin (left) and Alison Stewart-Patterson begin their speed qualifying climbs Saturday. Both climbers would finish on the podium Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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Boulders climbers Alison Stewart-Patterson (right)(gold), Skye Irwin (left)(silver), Claire Wagstaff (second from left)(bronze) and Elena Moss (second from right)(gold, Youth B) are all smiles on the podium Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Other winners in the Speed competition included Irwin (Junior Female), Robert Stewart-Patterson (Junior Male), Aaron DiLallo (Youth A Male), Taylor Forsyth (Youth A Female), Elena Moss (Youth B Female), Jakob Plamondon (Youth B Male), Aiden Doyle (Youth C Male), Stephanie Chow (Youth C Female), Athena Pimental (Recreational Female), Devin Duquette (Youth D Female) and Brennan Doyle (Youth D Male).

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Elena Moss (Youth B, left) and Taylor Forsyth (Youth A, right) were victorious in the Speed finals Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Silver medals in speed went to Tristen Gosselin (Junior Male), Jake Forsyth (Youth A Male), Sara Hopkins (Youth B Female), Jack Chisholm (Youth B Male), Will Antle (Youth C Male), Linnea Thomson (Youth C Female), Anastasia Castro (Recreational Female), Anya Soon-Kozak (Youth D Female) and Coltin Richardson (Youth D Male).

Bronze medal winners in Speed included Alex Horsfield (Junior Male), Jakob Dorion (Youth A Male), Jaimie Piercy (Youth B Female), Greg Brown (Youth C Male), and Lauren Larbalestier (Youth D Female).

At the end of competition Sunday, SCBC also presented awards to the top overall climbers in each age category based on their full season results (their scores in all previous competitions and this weekend’s Provincials).

In the Difficulty discipline winners included Tiffany Melius (Open Female), Elan Jonas Mc-Rae (Open and Junior Male), Alison Funk (Junior Female), Caitlin Wu (Youth A Female), Ben Hughes (Youth A Male), Mika Hosoi (Youth B Female), Ivan Lou (Youth B Male), Stephanie Chow (Youth C Female), Aiden Doyle (Youth C Male), Anya Soon-Kozak (Youth D Female) and Brennan Doyle (Youth D Male).

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Overall SCBC Difficulty season champions include: Front Row (left to right) Anya Soon-Kozak, Alison Funk, Brennan Doyle, Mika Hosoi, Caitlin Wu, Stephanie Chow; Back Row (left to right) Tiffany Melius, Ivan Luo, Aiden Doyle, Ben Hughes and Elan Jonas-McRae (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Overall winners in the Speed discipline included Taylor Forsyth (Open Female), a tie between Robert Stewart-Patterson and Libor Hroza (Open Male), Evelyna Trottier (Junior Female), Robert Stewart-Patterson (Junior Male), Taylor Forsyth (Youth A Female), Jake Forsyth (Youth A Male), Elena Moss (Youth B Female), Jakob Plamondon (Youth B Male), Stephanie Chow (Youth C Female), Will Antle (Youth C Male), Anya Soon-Kozak (Youth D Female) and Brennan Doyle (Youth D Male).

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Overall SCBC Speed season champions include: Front Row (left to right) Elena Moss, Evelyna Trottier, Brennan Doyle, Will Antle, Stephanie Chow, Anya Soon-Kozak; Back Row (left to right) Robert Stewart-Patterson, Libor Hroza (sitting), Jake Forsyth, Jakob Plamondon and Taylor Forsyth (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

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