How old are you and how long have you been climbing for?
I am 14 Years old. I started climbing in a boulder gym since the age of 6.
How did you get into climbing?
I live in a big rock climbing area and Stuart Brown encouraged me to climb so I started lessons with him.
What do you enjoy most about climbing?
I love the challenge of trying to work out a route, it’s a bit like solving a puzzle. I love outdoor climbing and the feeling when you send a route is awesome.
Do you still top rope or are you leading?
I learn’t how to lead last year for the Montagu Rock Rally and have been leading ever since before that I didnt really sport climb.
What is the hardest grade you have climbed to date on top rope indoors and what did you enjoy the most about the route/problem?
The hardest grade I tried indoors on top – rope is a 23. I really enjoyed the crimps and balancy moves.
What is the hardest grade you have climbed to date on lead indoors and what did you enjoy the most about the route/problem?
The hardest grade I tried indoors on lead is a 25. I enjoyed the challenge as it was set for provincial Open women.
What is the hardest grade you have climbed to date on top rope outdoors and what did you enjoy the most about the route/problem?
The hardest grade I tried outdoors on top-rope is a 27. I enjoyed being able to do the moves on the route as it was harder than what I could actually climb at the time.
What is the hardest grade you have climbed to date on lead outdoors and what did you enjoy the most about the route/problem?
I recently sent Thruster, which is my second 26. I enjoyed the whole route especially getting to the chains and clipping them. Thruster was a real challenge for me.
Which climbing club do you climb for?
I climb for Montagu Climbing Club.
Which province do you climb for?
I climb for the Western Province Climbing League.
What local, provincial and national competitions have you taken part in and how did you do?
I started competing in competitions last year. This is what I have achieved so far:
- Gold (U15 Girls) in the Western Cape Provincial Boulder League 2013
- Bronze (U15 Girls) in the South African National Boulder Series 2013
- Gold (U15 Girls) in the Western Cape Provincial Youth Lead Competition 2013
- Bronze (U15 Girls) in the South African National Lead Competition 2013
- Gold (U15 Girls) in the Western Cape Provincial Boulder League 2014
- Gold (U15 Girls) in the Western Cape Provincial Youth Lead Competition 2014
- Silver (U15) Girls in the South Africa National Boulder Series 2014
- Ranked 3rd in the South African National Climbing Federation Youth Lead Selection Trials
Have you competed in any international competitions? If so which ones and how did you do?
No I have not, but I am going to the IFSC World Lead Championships in New Caledonia in September.
Who is your climbing coach?
I am coachless at the moment, so I have to coach myself. I have had many coaches. Stuart Brown was my first coach, then Justin Lawson became my coach when Stuart moved to Switzerland, then Andrea Biffi. When I go to Cape Town Delaney Carpenter and Warren Gans also coach me.
What do you like the most about your climbing coach?
Each coach I have had has added different aspects to my climbing and helped me to improve in my climbing.
How often do you train?
I train about 4 days a week for 2 hours in a small boulder gym and go sport climbing on the weekends and some times in the week.
What is your favourite piece of climbing gear?
My favourite piece of climbing gear is my purple BD harness
What is your favourite snack while climbing?
Fruit, provitas and if I’m lucky then sometimes my mom will put’s in a nougat and an energy bar.
Do you follow a strict training and dieting regimen?
My dieting regimen isn’t always strict but my training is.
How do you parents feel about your climbing?
My mom is a huge support. When I started climbing my mom made it clear to Stuart that this stays in the gym. Well things changed last year when I took part in the Montagu Rock Rally (I learn’t to lead climb the day before) and then had to start training on the Rock for nationals as we do not have an indoor lead wall in Montagu. I started climbing seriously on Rock towards the end of last year.
What are your goals and dreams for your climbing career?
I would like to achieve a world title at the World Championships and I would like to compete in the Olympic Games, and then of course it will be great to be able to bring back a medal for South Africa. I also would like to travel and climb all over the world.
Who is your climbing hero?
Sasha Digiulian is my climbing hero.
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