Lives in Olivedale, Gauteng
Attends: St Peters College
Started climbing at age 11
Tristan started climbing at the St Peter Bouldering Cave when he was in Grade 6. After a term of playing around on the wall the bug suddenly bit and he decided that this was the sport for him to the exclusion of all other.
Tristan likes outdoor climbing, mostly at Boven and has flashed a couple of tough 23’s while redpointing a few 24’s. Outdoor however is not where his passion lies in the short to medium term. Tristan is focussed on indoor competition climbing, and has equal passion for bouldering and lead.
In 2010 Tristan won Gold(U13) at the Gauteng Provincial Lead comp and then went on to win Gold (U13) at the SANCF Lead Nationals held in KZN later that year. He also competed in the 2010 Durban Bouldering Competition and won Gold in the U15 category as there was no U13 age group to compete in.
In 2011 Tristan was selected for the SA squad to compete in the U15 category in the Youth World Cup in Imst, Austria. He was the youngest male competitor in the squad. He has come back from Austria with bags of experience and having seen what it takes to compete internationally he is more determined than ever to commit himself to training hard in preparation for future international comps.
Also in 2011, Tristan won Gold in the Gauteng Bouldering League and went on to repeat the feat by winning Gold at the SANCF National Bouldering Champs.
He also won Gold at the Gauteng Lead comp and the Gold at the SANCF National Lead Comp towards the end of 2011.
Tristan says he really enjoys being pushed to be better by his coach Jackie Stainton, as while its tough at the time the fruits of ones efforts are always worth it. When the going gets tough Tristan’s favourite saying is, “Giving up is for quitters… I’m not a quitter”
Tristan balances his climbing with a passion for gaming of any variety, PC or PS. More often than not when he is not climbing you will find him, keyboard in hand, slaying some dread monsters or infiltrating an enemy stronghold.
We wish Tristan all the best for 2012 and are sure that with his determination and fortitude he will achieve his goals.