With Sport climbing now officially included in The Olympic Games in Paris 2024, it has opened the doors for many extreme athletes around the world to push for the honor of representing their respective countries in the ultimate arena.
Sport Climbing in the Olympics? What does this mean?
Sport climbing is made up of 3 disciplines.
- Speed climbing: An international standardized route that is used. The climbers have 2 qualifying runs where they need to climb the route as fast as possible. Once qualified they then go head to head against other athletes where winners will continue to the next round and loser will be knocked out.
- Bouldering: 5 boulders (Climbs without ropes and up to 5m) which are different in style. They are more gymnastic, physical and complex. Climbers have a time limit in which they must figure out and complete within it. Less attempts = better score
- Lead Climbing: A route that ranges from 12m - 25m long. Climbers have 6 minutes in which they need to try and progress as high as possible in a single attempt. If climber falls their score will be dictated by the last hold they were on.
Although some other countries have much more international experience with competition climbing, South African climbers are showing great promise. The only way to get the SA youth team more experienced, is to go and compete internationally and bring that experience back! This is where YOU can help: donate today to make a difference and give our young climbers the opportunity to shine in Arco!
Erin Sterkenburg, Caitlyn Burwood, Tafui Shangase and Christopher Wallace are 4 Durban teenage climbers who have qualified to attend the 2019 Youth World Climbing Championships in Arco, Italy in August.
Due to the fact that these climbers do not receive any funding from the South African Climbing Federation, their attendance and participation is dependent on them being able to raise the funds needed to pay for their travel and accommodation, as well as their South African team kit.
These young climbers have spent months and months training for the qualifying events and their hard work and dedication have now presented them with an opportunity to compete in an International event. They are more than ready to represent South Africa, but will only be able to do so if they raise the money needed to cover the costs of the trip. They therefore request that you please make a donation towards their cause, and in doing so, help them to proudly represent their country and realise their dreams.