Done and dusted! Another Queensland State Titles in the bag. More than 100 youth competitors made the trip down to The Rock Indoor Climbing Gym over the weekend to compete for the youth state crown.
2018 was the first year in Queensland that the lead climbing event has been split over 2 weekends – with the open event taking place on March 9th and 10th, with the Youth event on April 21st and 22nd. In all, the Youth event saw more than 110 registrations across 5 categories.
It was also a first for the new Youth D format. Instead of the usual 2 qualifier, 1 final climb format, all Youth D climbers this year had the chance to climb 4 routes. The new format certainly provided a greater, more inclusive experience for the youngest climbers attending over the weekend but to the route setters dismay, there was still a tie at the end of the 4 routes in the male and female categories. To split the tied field, the competitors climbed on a ‘super-final’ in a winner takes all effort. It created a fitting climax to day 1 with Urban Climb’s Atako Nakamura taking out 1st for the girls, while Harrison Scarth-Johnson took out first in the boys.
Weary heads rested, and finger strength recovered, the finalists descended upon The Rock on Sunday morning to decide who would take out first in the remaining 4 categories. An incredibly tight Youth C field was eventually split, and new state champions were crowned before the Youth B’s took to the wall.
Angus Simpson of RockIt continued to show incredible potential in taking out the Youth B title after topping the finals route, closely followed by Urban Youth Squad team member Liam Botting. In the girls field, it was an Urban Climb 1-2-3, with Tegwen Boyle, Kate Mendel, and Beth Bowman standing on the podium for the Youth B girls. A special mention to interstate competitor Mia Weeda, who placed 1st in Youth B female overall – but was ineligible for the state title as a NSW climber.
Heading into the pointy end of the competition, the Youth As stepped up to tackle their finals routes – spectacular, overhanging routes through the hardest terrain in the gym. Another Urban Youth Squad member Flora Froese continued her great competition season by taking out the female Youth A state championship. In the boys field, Flora’s team mates Alexander Cvetkovski and Zach Tesiram battled for first place, with Alex eventually taking 1st after putting in what might be the climb of the entire competition. Coming millimetres short of topping the boys route after fighting his way up the wall. If you didn’t see it live, it’s must watch stuff. A massive shout out and congratulations to Alex for his inspirational determination and focus on the wall.
The event concluded with the Juniors final. While nominally a lower category than open competition, many Junior competitors are among the best climber’s in the country – evidenced by the strength of this years field. In the men’s field, Townsville stand-out, and Team Hot Rock member, Sam Lavender finished in first place, besting Urban’s Jesse Ruffini by one hold. In a fitting finale, final year Junior Liliana Scacheri managed to top the female route, and become state champion. A veteran of the Urban Climb youth program, we couldn’t be more proud of Lil’s climbing through the weekend, but perhaps more importantly, we want to celebrate her willingness to encourage her team-mates and share in their success.
Congratulations to all competitors, volunteers, route setters, and organizers for another terrific event. Events like these are a strong reminder of just what a special community this is to be a part of.
If you missed out live, or want to catch up on any of the action, see below for a full-list of results, photos, and live stream replays. Photos and video courtesy of Sport Climbing Queensland.
Presentation live stream replays
Junior and Youth A
Youth B & C
Qualifiers live stream replays
Finals live stream replays
Juniors & Youth A
Youth B & C
Juniors, Youth A, B, & C
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