World Youth Climbing Championship Returning To Central Saanich In 2018

Central Saanich, Canada – The Boulders Climbing Gym is excited to announce the hosting of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) 2018 Youth World Climbing Championship on August 14-22, 2018. We will once again welcome the world’s best climbers in speed, lead, and bouldering to Central Saanich; the Competition Climbing Capital of Canada.
Announced at this month’s 12th IFSC Plenary Assembly in Quebec City, Canada, the 2018 Youth World Climbing Championships has solidified British Columbia as a premier place for climbers to train and prepare for international competitions, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In 2013, the Boulders Climbing gym hosted the first IFSC world youth competition to be held in North America. More than 400 athletes ages 14-19, from over 35 countries were in attendance, along with thousands of spectators, delegates, coaches and families. In total, more than 2500 athletes and spectators attended the event.
“It is an absolute honour to host the world’s youth climbers just before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. We’re expecting the event to be even bigger than last time.”
Kimanda Jarzebiak – Chair, Board of Directors – The Boulders Climbing Gym
“What a privilege to continue the tradition of Central Saanich being the Competition Climbing Capital of Canada. We are ready and excited to host the world in 2018.”
Ryan Windsor – Mayor, Central Saanich, Canada
The Boulders Climbing Gym is a not-for-profit society in Central Saanich, BC, 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, this community facility is 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.
More details about the event will follow in the coming months.