SA Youth Team competing in World Youth Lead Climbing Championships

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

More info about the event on

The SANCF Youth Team:

  1. Paul Bruyere – Head Coach
  2. Gillian Bester – Captain – U19 (GP)
  3. Thomas Slabbert – U17 (GP)
  4. Dale Rosser – U17 (KZN)
  5. Grieven Roering – U17
  6. Rachel Sealy-Fisher – U17 (GP)
  7. Annabelle Slabbert – U17 (KZN)
  8. Kaleho Pobe – U15 (GP)
  9. Adam Findlay – U 15 (KZN)
  10. Mathew Robinson – U15 (GP)
  11. Sabrina Veiga – U 15 (GP)


7 Responses to SA Youth Team competing in World Youth Lead Climbing Championships

  1. Alard Aug 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Good Luck Team RSA!!!!!

  2. DeanVdm Aug 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    May the jugs be with you!

  3. Justin Lawson Aug 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    The climbing is being streamed live now! The Lead Qualifiers 1 streaming from

    Go Team RSA!!!

  4. Ebert Aug 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Please post results


  5. Ebert Aug 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    and CRUSH dudes/dudets


  6. Ghaznavid Aug 17, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    All the best!

    Bring home some silverware 🙂

  7. jacques Aug 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    GoGoGO Team!
    Remember to listen to Paul, best coach ever! And remember: They make us tough here in Africa, don’t stand back from any challenge!!!

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