Meet Our 2016 Youth B Team - In Their Own Words
Our Junior Proteas leave for China to compete in the IFSC Youth World Championships this week and we thought you would like to get to know them a little better............
David Naude - Youth B
I started seriously climbing in 2013 when I went to a small competition hosted at the mountain club bouldering wall, Delaney spotted my and asked if I'd like to compete in this year's Lead Nationals in Jo'burg, as one can imagine I was dumbstruck and hesitatingly said, " yeah that could be cool" and off I went, that competition I managed to take second place to Chris and was super stoked on the achievement. I think that the sports icon that has influenced me the most in the sport has got to be Fred Nicole, for his shear humbleness and chilled attitude that he brings to the sport which I think a lot of climbers are missing and that they take everything too seriously.
Alistair Stubbs - Youth B
I was introduced to climbing in 2008 and started competition climbing in 2011. I was trained by Jackie Stainton from2014 - 2015 and am now currently training with James Barnes.
Camilla Cibulka - Youth B
I started climbing in 2013 when I was 12 and a half years old. My coach, Paul Bruyere, suggested I do some competitions and I have just carried on and that's how I started competing. I enjoy both lead and bouldering. I climb 3 times a week. Camilla will be competing in both Youth B Lead and Boulder.
Alyssa Meyer - Youth B
I started climbing just before my 12th birthday. I started climbing once a week for most of that year.
I started in April. I went to watch lead nationals 2014 in Cape Town and I thought it looked fun.
There was a positive vibe so I thought It would be fun and I was right. So I started competing the
next year which was 2015. Ashima, Brooke and Alex Honnald influenced me the most because
both the girls were only 1 year older than me, they have climbed such hard routes. They influenced
and taught me even though we are small we can accomplish anything. Alex just did very insane
climbs which I thought were awesome so I decided to try hard to accomplish insanely hard but fun
My favourite cartoon was Barbie or Kim Possible. I had so many barbies and a house for them and
all the magazines and most of the movies. I thought she was a good cartoon role model. My
training schedule is:
Monday: 1.5 hours bouldering/ projecting hard problems.
Tuesday: bouldering or lead/ endurance and power endurance, then projecting (2hrs)
Thursday : bouldering or lead depending on what I did on Tuesday/ endurance then projecting
Saturday: bouldering/ focusing on compression, body tension, Dyno training and finger strength
All of the session have a warm up (15min +-)at the beginning and conditioning/ stretching at the
No I don't practice everyday.
If I had to pick one I prefer bouldering but I also enjoy leading. It varies between which one I like
depending on how good the routes are.
In my off time I like to dance(on soft my pointe shoes), sing and chill with my friends. When I'm with
my friends I go outside and we either gossip or do some sort of activity like tennis or soccer. Or we
play wii sports resort or we just gossip and catch up. I also like to talk with my friends I don't see
often on FaceTime.
My proudest moment is probably when I accomplish something I have been aiming for, for a long
time. For example getting diplomas in ballet exams/drama exams,and honors in ballet eisteddfods.
When I do well in nationals. I like traveling so I adapt quickly to a new place as long as I have
friends or family around I adapt well and quickly.
My advice to kids who want to climb competitively is to work hard in training but still enjoy the
sport and during the competition you can only do your best so don't knock yourself down if you
have done as well as you expected to. Also don't be scared to try a climb out of your comfort zone.
My favourite food is watermelon or pizza. I think the quote is "shoot for the moon, even if you miss
you will land among the stars which is just as beautiful." It inspired me to try things out of the
ordinary because I have the reassurance that I will be ok in the end even if I get bumps and
bruises on the way.
I slammed my thumb in my dads car a week before I started climbing, I climbed with a blue
fingernail with the blue spreading around my nail. Eventually It came off and I grew a new nail. I
have been doing ballet since I was 3 and I got pointe shoes this year. I'm grade5 in ballet. I sing in
the choir and I used to play piano.
Hannah Sealy-Fisher - Youth B
I started climbing 4 years ago. My sister who already climbs took me to a comp to see what it was like. I entered the competition and it was also my first attempt at climbing. My sports icon is Alex Puccio. As a kid, I was in love with the cartoon Kim Possible. I've received 2 silver medals at national level, in Boulder and Lead. I train with Jackie Stainton several times a week and enjoy climbing/ bouldering on Fridays and weekends and every other day besides Monday's. I much prefer bouldering. I enjoy filming and editing movies in my off time. Making the 2016 South African team was one of my proudest moments. Honestly, anywhere where I'm climbing does feel like home so I love traveling especially for climbing. I would tell younger competitive climbers that they should have a set dream and work hard for it because it's worth it. My favorite food is sushi. My favorite quote is "fall off 3 times, get on 4".