News from the Provinces
Dear Interested Climbers of the Cape
As you may know, SANCF has over the past few years (under the fantastic guidance of Neil Margetts, and now, a highly competent George Stainton) been on a mission to bring together competition climbing in South Africa.
In order for them to be officially recognised and supported by SASCOC, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, they/we need to implement the necessary structures which fall under their methodology of running shop. We would like to be associated with SASCOC so that Competition Climbing can be recognised as an international competitive sport in SA, for climbers who compete to be awarded National Protea colours, to gain entry into international climbing competitions such as the Bouldering World Cup, World Games and ultimately the Olympics where Climbing will be a new event (albeit in 2020).
The SA Youth team has just been selected to compete in Singapore at the IFSC World Youth Championships on the 29th August - 1st September. For the next 3 months the youth team will be training hard in preperation for this international event and need a coach who is capable of bringing them up to a competitive level.
To this end, the SANCF are looking for applicants to fill the position of Elite Coach for the SA Youth Team.
Ermelo Mountain Club was founded in October 2011, and already has more than 20 active members. To date experienced and beginner climbers are welcome to attend club meets on Tuesday evenings at the ‘Hervormde Kerk’ in town. The first two visits are free where after a climber needs to apply for membership. The EMC also makes regular visits out to rock.
The problem is that Ermelo is on the Mpumalanga Highveld, and gets very cold during winter, so the club has started to look for a place to put up an indoor facility. The Ermelo Country Club was approached, and gave permission to convert a singles squash court into an indoor boulder cave.
EMC is now actively working to generate the funds required to build a proper indoor boulder wall with two easy sport routes, and has already had its first fundraiser on 5 May, selling hotdogs and asking for donations. Larger local companies will also be approached in the coming weeks.
Large donations can be paid into the club’s bank account, or via the Ermelo Country Club (registered NPO).
George Stainton, the newly elected President (changed from Chairman to conform to international terminology) of the South African National Climbing Federation (SANCF), is an experienced sports administrator and an avid “fish & chips” rock climber.
As a sportsman George was a canoeist multi gold medallist, a provincial canoe-polo player and rugby player. Other sports that he actively participated in are hiking, diving (commercial and leisure), spear fishing, triathlons, water polo, surf-ski racing, lifesaving and both track and long distance athletics.
As a sports administrator he has since 1986, been directly involved either in a full time or part time capacity, in a number of sporting codes including canoeing, rugby, football, swimming and recently climbing. These positions have included senior commercial positions at Ellis Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Chairman’s Annual Report 2011
20 March, 2012
The year of 2011 started out at full sprint and did not ease off until December. It was a year of huge achievements in competition climbing for South Africa and arguably, with international representation, the best ever. The SANCF over the last 2 years have had a very steep learning curve, having to juggle a huge work load of many events and groups going overseas coming at us one after the other like waves in the sea and having to get this done with volunteers of many personality types.