This year’s National Lead Climbing Competition was held at The Climbing Barn in Pretoria and for the first time in five years, a team from the Western Cape flew up and took part.
Saturday 28th September was a warm day that had more than 80 climbers competing in the Qualifying round. Each category had to climb two qualifying routes in order to find their rankings for the order in which they would climb on the Sunday.
Sunday 29th September was an extremely stressful day for all as all climbers had to complete three routes in total: the third and final qualifier route, a semi-final route and the final route. There were some incredible falls and epic finishes and the camaraderie between all climbers – regardless of provincial teams – was exceptional. Climbing, after all, is a very social sport and all involved fully understand the skill and strength required to get to the top of a route. Much respect is given amongst climbers.
Final results from the 2013 National Lead Climbing Competition:
1st Place Angela Eckhart (GAU)
2nd Place Camilla Cibulka (GAU)
3rd Place India Cyrer (GAU)
1st Place Chris Cosser (GAU)
2nd Place David Naudé (WC)
3rd Place James Breytenbach (GAU)
1st Place Sabrina Veiga (GAU)
2nd Place Tyra Munro (KZN)
3rd Place Mikela Sinovich (WC)
1st Place Jaya Curtis (GAU)
2nd Place Matt Robinson (GAU)
3rd Place Katleho Pobe (GAU)
1st Place Alex Williams (KZN)
2nd Place Caitlyn Sargeant (GAU)
3rd Place Annabelle Slabbert (KZN)
1st Place Dale Rosser (KZN)
2nd Place Tristan Swart (GAU)
3rd Place Grivin Roering (GAU)
1st Place Sam Stainton (GAU)
2nd Place Gillian Bester (GAU)
3rd Place Carmen Naiker (KZN)
1st Place Jonathan Hare (KZN)
2nd Place Jordan Pillai (KZN)
3rd Place Robert Brown (GAU)
1st Place Candice Bagley (GAU)
1st Place Calrin Curtis (GAU)
2nd Place Stefan Lutge (KZN)
1st Place Jani Smith (GAU)
2nd Place Meike Wohr (GAU)
1st Place Christopher Brown (GAU)
2nd Place Jared Schultz (GAU)
IFSC CLIMBING WORLD CUP PREM 2013
Victories for favoRites and LastMinute Wins in
Suspense until the very last second was the mark of the IFSC Lead and Speed World Cup in Perm last weekend. In the end, local heroes Alina Gaidamakina and Arseniy Shevchenko were the fastest athletes in Russia, and gold in the Lead competitions went to Jain Kim and Ramón Julian Puigblanque!
As expected, Russian Speed power dominated once more on the home turf in Perm: Five (women) and four (men) athletes represented the White-Blue-Red in the top eight demonstrating the current strength of last weekend’s host nation. And so double Russian Gold was actually no surprise at the Sport Center of Sucharev. This time 23-year-old Arseniy Shevchenko stepped into the breach for his compatriot and World Cup leader Stanislav Kokorin, ending up in the finals against reigning European champion Libor Hroza. But Hroza fell and Shevchenko celebrated his first world cup victory ever with a final time of 7.65 seconds. In the women’s competition, the Russian ladies conquered the whole podium: Gold for World Cup leader Alina Gaidamakina (8.35 seconds in the finals), Silver for Yuliya Levochkina, Bronze for Mariia Krasavina.