The Queensland competition season is officially underway. A swarm of over-stoking athletes descended upon The Rock Indoor Climbing Gym this past weekend for the K2 2018 Queensland Open State Lead Titles.
The event not only served as a qualification competition for nationals later this year, but also provided opportunities for newer climbers to test the waters of competition climbing, and even a para-climbing category. With sport climbing’s inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, there’s a strong sense of excitement around the growth of climbing, and this was on display throughout the weekend.
A big shout out to all the competitors, with a special mention for Urban route setter Sam Bowman, who took out the Open A Male title. In the Open A Female field, long-time Urban Climb Youth Squad member Liliana Scacheri came in third behind Lucy Stirling and Emma Horan. The rest of the Urban Youth Squad performed strongly, with 5 members of the team making it into finals.
Urban Climb die-hard Genevieve Keiseker, competing in her first event in Open C after only starting climbing 5 months ago, penned a few thoughts about the event for us (modestly, she omits mention of the fact that she came in second – congrats Genevieve!)
The 2018 QLD State Lead Titles marks my first time ever competing in a climbing competition. I competed in the Open C category, which was for beginner climbers who either can’t lead climb yet or have been climbing for less than a year. As I’ve been climbing for about 5 months, this was the perfect opportunity to take my climbing to the next level!
The competition itself was nothing short of amazing! There were climbers from all over Queensland and even from other states and the energy was high over the competition weekend. I got to make many new friends who were just as psyched about climbing as I was! It was truly inspiring to watch the amazing climbers in Open A, and I aim to one day join their ranks as well.
Also, it was so good to see so many ladies competing! Just a reminder that ladies can crush just as hard as guys and hopefully this will bring more women into the sport!