The 2017 National Boulder Series Championships

 

 

For the fourth time, the Western Cape is host to the biggest indoor bouldering competition in South Africa: the 2017 National Boulder Series Championships.

 

With the incredible buy-in and support of South Africa’s second largest Indoor Climbing Gym, namely CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym in Observatory, Cape Town, the stage was set to witness 73 competitors from across the country take part in this year’s National Boulder Event.

 

Each province was allowed up to 5 competitors per each of the 10 categories.  The format of the event included semi-final rounds on the Saturday 1st April 2017 and the final rounds on Sunday 2nd April 2017.

 

While in isolation on the Saturday and Sunday, climbers could be found lounging around in the cool breeze coming in through the open door into the isolation area, fondly known as Area 51 by the local CityROCK clients.

 

Hats off to the great routesetting that occurred before and during the event. Chief Routesetter, Kent Jennings, as well as SANCF National Setter, Paul Bruyere, and their team of routesetters spent the entire week leading up to the event setting routes and stripping the walls of the gym.  It was incredible to see how much work, deliberation and basic hard labour goes into the setting and stripping of routes.

 

Each boulder problem that was climbed was allocated one Judge and one Scorer wherever possible.  These two persons were responsible for accurately capturing which climber got the most top and bonus holds in the 5 and 4 minutes for semi-final and final boulder problems respectively.  The scoresheets were taken to the Scores Analyst and the Chief Scorer to be entered into a Scoring Spreadsheet which would calculate and ultimately rank the climbers after each climb.  The Jury President had the final say before the results were published.

 

The competition ran very smoothly and efficiently and any queries or issues that arose throughout the event were dealt with timeously and fairly, ensuring a successful, streamlined and entertaining competition for all involved.  The running of the event was largely and almost exclusively due to the officials, namely:

 

·         Chris Naudé (Jury President)

·         Kent Jennings (Chief Routesetter)

·         Paul Bruyere (SANCF National Setter)

·         George Stainton (SANCF National Judge)

·         Neil Cosser (Chief Scorer)

·         Colette Rodrigues (Scores Analyst and Rock Chick Mum)

·         Delaney Carpenter (Organiser and Rock Chick Founder)

·         CityROCK Staff (Venue Hosts)

·         Linith von Ahlefeldt (Judge and Rock Chick Mum)

·         Julian Lapin (Judge and Rock Chick Dad)

·         Nigel Dorward (Judge and Rock Chick Dad)

·         Harold Amaler (Judge)

·         Terri-Lyn Ashley Cooper (Judge)

·         Greg Ashley Cooper (Judge)

·         Hannah Ashley Cooper (Judge)

·         Rolfe Eberhard (Judge and Rock Chick Dad)

·         Matthew Johnstone (Scorer)

·         Rene Poland (Scorer)

·         Kathy Stubbs (Scorer)

·         Steve Burningham (Scorer)

·         Brandon Collier-Reed (Scorer)

·         Tim Coleman (Scorer)

·         Kent Jennings (Spotter)

·         David Gerber (Spotter)

·         Chevaan Patience (Spotter)

·         Paul Bruyere (Spotter)

·         Michael van der Ham (Spotter)

·         Kent Jennings (Technician)

·         David Gerber (Technician)

·         Chevaan Patience (Technician)

·         Paul Bruyere (Technician)

·         Michael van der Ham (Technician)

·         Delaney Carpenter (Isolation Steward and Rock Chick Founder)

·         Jesse Rodrigues (Isolation Steward and Rock Chicklet)

·         Kent Jennings (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         David Gerber (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         Paul Bruyere (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         Chevaan Patience (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         Michael van der Ham (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         Geoff Meyer (Photographer and Rock Chick Dad)

·         Jenny Adams (Physiotherapy Services and Rock Chick Mum)

·         S Jacobs Paramedics (Medical Services)

·         Black Diamond brand from RAM Mountaineering and All Associated Brands from CityROCK Gear Shop for the prizes

·         Red Earth for the Floating Trophy for the National Boulder Series Championships!

·         And an enormous thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Paul Bruyere!

·         Special thanks to Illona and Cally from CityROCK for everything they did to assist us!

·         Special thanks to Minister Marais from Western Cape Sports.

 

The winners of the competition are as follows:

 

U13 Girls                                                              Gold:     Rauen Kröhn (WCC, Rock Chicklet from Top Out Climbing Club)       

                                                                          Silver:    Sarah Adams (WCC, Rock Chicklet from Top Out Climbing Club)

                                                                          Bronze: Rachael Kuhn (GC)

U13 Boys                                                             Gold:     Nicholas Cibulka (GC)

                                                                                Silver:    Jack Burningham (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze: Nicholas Giannone (GC)

U15 Girls                                                              Gold:     Alyssa Meyer (WCC, Rock Chicklet from Top Out Climbing Club)

                                                                                Silver:    Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (WCC, Rock Chicklet from Top Out Climbing Club)

                                                                                Bronze: Georgiana “Georgi” Dorward (WCC, Rock Chicklet from Top Out Climbing Club)

U15 Boys                                                             Gold:     Alistair Stubbs (GC)

                                                                                Silver:    Thomas van Sittert (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze:                Jared Rodrigues (WCC)

U17 Girls                                                              Gold:     Camilla Cibulka (GC)

                                                                                Silver:    Angela Eckhardt (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: Shanay Meintjes (WCC, Rock Chick from Top Out Climbing Club)

U17 Boys                                                             Gold:     David Naudé (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Damien Blokker (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: Christopher Cosser (GC)

U19 Girls                                                              Gold:     Mikela Sinovich (WCC, Rock Chick from Top Out Climbing Club)

U19 Boys                                                             Gold:     Jake Amaler (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Katleho Pobe (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: Joseph Rosendorff (WCC)

Ladies Open                                                       Gold:     Saskia Thomas (WCC, Rock Chick)

                                                                                Silver:    Naureen Bretherick (GC, Rock Chick)

                                                                                Bronze: Margaux Rat (WCC, Rock Chick)

Mens Open                                                        Gold:     David Naudé (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Rowan Toselli (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze: Dylan Vogt (GC)

 

Winning Province ***                                    Western Cape Climbing                

 

 

***The Winning Province was calculated this year by calculating the scores of the Top 3 podium competitors in each category as follows:

1st Place = 3 points

2nd Place = 2 points

3rd Place = 1 points

 

 

National Open Championship Competitors Top 5 Open Ladies:

 

1st Place                = Camilla Cibulka (GC)

2nd Place               = Angela Eckhardt (GC)

3rd Place               = Shanay Meintjes (WCC)

4th Place               = Saskia Thomas (WCC)

5th Place               = Hannah Sealy-Fisher (GC)

 

National Open Championship Competitors Top 5 Open Men:

 

1st Place                = David Naudé (WCC)

2nd Place               = Rowan Toselli (WCC)

3rd Place               = Dylan Vogt (GC)

4th Place               = James Barnes (GC)

5th Place               = Jake Amaler (WCC)

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

 

Parents and Climbers

All the Officials of the Competition

South African National Climbing Federation

Provincial Bodies: KZN Climbing, Gauteng Climbing, Mpumalanga Climbing and Western Cape Climbing

CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

Red Earth

 

 

SPONSORS

CityROCK Gear Shop and associated brands Metolius, Mammut, Evolv and Five Ten

RAM Mountaineering and Black Diamond Brand

 

 

MEDIA SPONSORS

Climb ZA

SA Mountain Magazine

 

 

OTHER

Brandline Africa

The Badgeman

 

 

A huge thank you must be given to all our sponsors, particularly those who contributed the most. These events are very expensive for all concerned and without the sponsors, the calibre of these National Competitions will be low.  Western Cape Climbing has been very fortunate this year to have had such immeasurable support from our sponsors.  Much appreciation is given and we cannot thank you all enough for your contributions.

 

 

 

Rock Chicks make 2017 Provincial Bouldering Team

The below Rock Chicks were recently awarded their Provincial Colours for Bouldering and will be competing for Western Cape at the 2017 National Boulder Series Championships being held in Cape Town at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym on 1 and 2 April 2017:

 

U17 Girls:

1.          Shanay Meintjies

2.          Anneke Eberhard

 

U19 Girls:

1.          Mikela Sinovich

 

Open Ladies:

1.          Margaux Rat

2.          Zoe Duby

3.          Saskia Thomas

 4.          Robyn Holwill

 

Team Manager:

 1.          Delaney Carpenter

 

Rock Chicks at the 2017 Western Cape

Climbing Inter-Club Top Rope and Lead

Climbing Competition

 

 

 

The fourth Annual Inter-Club Top Rope and Lead Climbing Competition in the Western Cape took place at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym on Sunday 12th February.  With 55 children competing from 5 climbing clubs, the climbing gym was a hub of excitement and activity.  Of these 55 children, we had 17 young Rock Chicks competing.

 

Hosted by Western Cape Climbing, the judges were responsible for judging the on-sight attempts of each child in the following categories:

 

·         Special Needs

·         Top Rope Boys and Girls

·         Beginner 1 Lead Boys and Girls

·         Beginner 2 Lead Boys and Girls

·         Intermediate Lead Boys and Girls

·         Advanced Lead Boys and Girls

 

 

The following Rock Chicks assisted as Competition Officials:

 

Organiser                            Delaney Carpenter         

WCC Judge                         Linith von Ahlefeldt

Judges                                  Colette Rodrigues

                                                Linith von Ahlefeldt

Stewards                             Delaney Carpenter                         

               

Schools and Youth Clubs Who Competed in the 2017 Inter-Club Top Rope and Lead Climbing Competition:

 

1.       Grippers Climbing Club

2.       Rocklands Rangers

3.       SACS Climbing Club

4.       Bishops Climbing Club

5.       Top Out Climbing Club (Run by Rock Chicks’ very own Delaney Carpenter)

 

 

 

 

Podium Winners from the Competition:

 

Special Needs

1.       Christopher February (Gold Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

2.       Jesse November (Silver Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

3.       Ronin Saunders (Bronze Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

 

Top Rope Girls Group

1.       Jenevieve Okhuis (Gold Medalist; Rocklands Rangers Climbing Club)

2.       Sanne Tellefsen (Silver Medalist; Grippers Climbing Club)

3.       Sienna Walder-Fortin (Bronze Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

 

Top Rope Boys Group

1.       Charles Carter (Gold Medalist; Bishops Climbing Club)

2.       Ralton Rhode (Silver Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

3.       Jeandre Zimri (Bronze Medalist; Rocklands Rangers Climbing Club)

 

Beginner 1 Lead Boys

1.       Alexander Bain Lee (Gold Medalist; Bishops Climbing Club)

2.       Ethan Ellis (Silver Medalist; Bishops Climbing Club)

3.       Thomas Kingdom (Bronze Medalist; Bishops Climbing Club)

 

Beginner 2 Lead Girls

1.       Rauen Kröhn (Gold Medalist; Grippers Climbing Club)

2.       Jesse Rodrigues (Silver Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

3.       Rachel Sparg (Bronze Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

 

Beginner 2 Lead Boys

1.       Brian Daniel (Gold Medalist; Bishops Climbing Club)

2.       Sheth Ashley Cooper (Silver Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

 

Intermediate Lead Girls

1.       Milena Kröhn (Gold Medalist; Grippers Climbing Club)

2.       Monique Smit (Silver Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

 

Intermediate Lead Boys

1.       Nicholas Allan (Gold Medalist; Grippers Climbing Club)

2.       Jack Burningham (Silver Medalist; SACS Climbing Club)

3.       Tristan Smith (Bronze Medalist; Bishops Climbing Club)

 

Advanced Lead Girls

1.       Anneke Eberhard (Gold Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

2.       Alyssa Meyer (Silver Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

3.       Shanay Meintjes (Bronze Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

 

Advanced Lead Boys

1.       Jared Rodrigues (Gold Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

2.       Ethan Coleman (Silver Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

3.       Caleb Ashley Cooper (Gold Medalist; Top Out Climbing Club)

 

 

Winning Club:

1.       Top Out Climbing Club (26 points)

2.       Bishops Climbing Club (13 points)

3.       Grippers Climbing Club (11 points)

4.       Rocklands Rangers (4 points)

 

5.       SACS Climbing Club (2 points)

The 2017 Western Cape Climbing Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition

 

The second Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition in the Western Cape took place at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym on Saturday 4th March 2017.  With 46 children competing for podium positions and the coveted place on the 2017 Provincial Bouldering Team, the gym was awash in excitement.

 

 

Hosted by Western Cape Climbing, the judges were responsible for judging the Tops and Bonuses and attempts at each of each child in the following categories:

 

·         U11 Girls

·         U11 Boys

·         U13 Girls

·         U13 Boys

·         U15 Girls

·         U15 Boys

·         U17 Girls

·         U17 Boys

·         U19 Girls

·         U19 Boys

 

Our judges had to be extremely observant of each competitor’s attempt on each of the boulder problems.  Our spotters did outstanding jobs of protecting any competitor who fell off the wall.

 

The routes for the competition were of a good calibre and huge thanks is given to James Barnes and David Gerber for setting the twenty superb routes for the competition.

 

Western Cape Climbing would like to extend a further thanks to CityROCK Climbing Gym for hosting the competition, in particular Illona Pelser for all her hard work!  We are incredibly thankful for the immense support we received from Cape Town’s oldest climbing gym.

 

Acknowledgements to our Competition Officials:

 

Organiser                            Delaney Carpenter         

Jury President                   Chris Naudé

Chief Scorer                       Chris Naudé

WCC Judge                         Julian Lapin

Judges                                  Rebecca Hoerner

Hannah Ashley Cooper

Janice Sparg

Terri-Lynne Ashley Cooper

Colette Rodrigues

Nigel Dorward

Julian Lapin

Linith von Ahlefeldt

Steward                               Delaney Carpenter

Photographer                    Geoff Meyer

Physiotherapist                                Jenny Adams                    

Time-Keeper                     Chris Naudé

Spotters                               Riaan Meintjes

Greg Ashley Cooper

Anna and Theresa

Chief Routesetter            James Barnes

Routesetters                     James Barnes

                                                David Gerber

Route Technicians           James Barnes

                                                David Gerber

                                                Chevaan Patience

 

Schools and Youth Clubs Who Competed in the 2017 Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition:

 

1.       Grippers Climbing Club

2.       SACS Climbing Club

3.       Top Out Climbing Club

4.       Rocklands Rangers Youth Club

5.       Bishops Climbing Club

 

 

Podium Winners from the Competition:

 

U11 Boys

1.       Nicholas Allan (Gold Medalist)

2.       Ben Harris (Silver Medalist)

3.       Jake Dreyer (Bronze Medalist)

 

U13 Girls

1.       Sarah Adams (Gold Medalist)

2.       Rauen Kröhn (Silver Medalist)

3.       Jesse Rodrigues, Rachel Sparg, Jenevieve Okhuis, Lakeesha Radelet, Jaqueline Fortuin (Bronze Medalist)

 

U13 Boys

1.       John Adams (Gold Medalist)

2.       Jack Burningham (Silver Medalist)

3.       Matthew Collier-Reed (Bronze Medalist)

 

U15 Girls

1.       Alyssa Meyer (Gold Medalist)

2.       Monique Smit (Silver Medalist)

3.       Georgiana “Georgi” Dorward (Bronze Medalist)

 

U15 Boys

1.       Jared Rodrigues (Gold Medalist)

2.       Luke Eberhard (Silver Medalist)

3.       Charles Carter (Bronze Medalist)

 

U17 Girls

1.       Shanay Meintjies (Gold Medalist)

2.       Milena Kröhn (Silver Medalist)

 

U17 Boys

1.       Luc Pegram (Gold Medalist)

2.       Luca Bazzea (Silver Medalist)

3.       David Naudé (Bronze Medalist)

 

U19 Girls

1.       Mikela Sinovich (Gold Medalist)

 

U19 Boys

1.       Joseph Rosendorff (Gold Medalist)

2.       Jake Amaler (Silver Medalist)

3.       Jaya Curtis (Bronze Medalist)

 

 

Photographs of the event are available here.

 

 

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