Olly Marx - 2016 Youth Team Captain
When did I start climbing:
-When I was 9, so 10 years ago
What got me into comps:
-My coach, Neil Margetts, encouraged me to try competition climbing when I was 11 and I've been competing ever since.
Most influential sports icon:
-In general it's Hashim Amla, he started off his protea career with very few runs and spent a huge amount of time in 12th man, only to become one of the greatest batsmen in history.
-In climbing it's Ramón Julián Puigblanque, he has been on the top of the competition climbing world for over a decade, which takes massive commitment.
Tom and Jerry
-Double South African Open lead climbing champion.
-Current South African u19 Lead and Boulder Champion
-First South African climber to compete in the Adult World Cup circuit.
-So I work at a climbing gym which means setting and climbing routes and boulders on a daily basis, as well as a strict training session 3 times a week.
-I climb everyday except Sunday.
-Both Lead and Boulder
-I spend it Gaming (Call of Duty and Far Cry), Watching TV series (Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, etc.) and Movies, and playing other sport (Tennis, Squash, Soccer, Garden Cricket and Rugby)
Every time I stepped onto the wall in the World Cups.
How I deal with the pressure of traveling and climbing:
Try keep focused on the climbing but not over focused. In other words, you have to know what you are there to do without letting it get in the way of enjoying the incredible places you get to travel to. Climb hard, make friends, explore your surroundings, go big or go home.
Advice for younger competitors:
It's 100% about the fun of the climbing if that's not there then your doing something wrong. Don't let anything or anyone get in the way of how cool this sport is.
Big Mac 'n Coke
"If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you." ~ Mohammed Ali