Tonight our South African Youth Climbers will proudly wear their Protea Colours at the World Youth Lead Climbing Championships.
They are the first Climbing Team to be officially recognised by the South African Sports Council of South Africa (SASCOC). This is a significant event in the development of Competition climbing for the African continent. The World Youth Championships, taking place in Saanich, Canada brings together climbers from the all over the World, including the USA, Australia, Chile, Argentina and even Algeria.
At the opening ceremony Gilian Bester, the team Captain, waved the South African flag to the cheers of her fellow team mates Thomas Slabbert, Dale Rosser, Grieven Roering, Rachel Sealy Fisher, Annabelle Slabbert, Katleho Pobe, Adam Findlay, Mathew Robinson and Sabrina Veiga. The youngsters are accompanied by parents and their Head Coach Paul Bruyere.
Annabelle Slabbert, a promising 16 year old prom Westville Girls’ High School in Durban assured me that the trip was predominantly about learning. She mentioned that they were going to Canada to give everything they could and bring back experience.
To follow our climbers during the qualification rounds this evening (about 11pm SA time tonight) visit ifsc-climbing.org
More info about the event on sancf.org
The SANCF Youth Team:
- Paul Bruyere – Head Coach
- Gillian Bester – Captain – U19 (GP)
- Thomas Slabbert – U17 (GP)
- Dale Rosser – U17 (KZN)
- Grieven Roering – U17
- Rachel Sealy-Fisher – U17 (GP)
- Annabelle Slabbert – U17 (KZN)
- Kaleho Pobe – U15 (GP)
- Adam Findlay – U 15 (KZN)
- Mathew Robinson – U15 (GP)
- Sabrina Veiga – U 15 (GP)