“DAY AFTER DAY, IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE GAMES WAS THE ONLY WAY TO GUARANTEE A FAIR AND COLLECTIVE PARTICIPATION TO TOKYO 2020. THE IFSC WELCOMES AND SUPPORTS THE DECISION TAKEN BY THE IOC, THE TOKYO 2020 ORGANISING COMMITTEE, THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT AND ALL THE AUTHORITIES INVOLVED. THE OUTBREAK OF THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS FORCED ALL OF US TO TAKE UNPRECEDENTED MEASURES TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC, ULTIMATELY THIS ONE. RIGHT NOW, ALL OUR EFFORTS HAVE TO BE FOCUSED ON THE END OF THIS PANDEMIC. THERE WILL BE TIME FOR COMPETING, THERE WILL BE TIME FOR SPORTS. NOW THE WORLD IS ILL, BUT ONE DAY WE WILL CELEBRATE ITS RECOVERY WITH OUR WORLD CUPS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS. WE WILL CLIMB THE WORLD AGAIN!”
Congratulations to all the Australian Open Team who competed this year at the 2019 International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships in Hachioji, Japan. Thank you to all the coaching team for attending.
Congratulations to the Australian Youth Climbing Team 2019 on a great trip to Arco, Italy. Everyone had a fantastic trip with some new PB’s, experiences and friendships along the way. Angie Scarth-Johnson was a stand out with a Semi Final in Lead and Bouldering Final to add to her already impressive resume. For all results, links and YouTube clips,
Riley Thurstans from Tasmania is our first World Youth Championship finalist, representing Youth B. Riley put in a fantastic performance in the Youth B final finishing in 5th place. It was a solid effort and he held his own amongst such a strong field. Everyone was thrilled to be a part of history with his parents front and centre. The coaches and captains and all his team mates and supporters are proud of you Riley and excited for your future in climbing.
The female Semi Finals with Sienna Wong and Oceania Mackenzie flying the flag for Australia were a treat with so many strong young women to watch. This is the first time two Youth B female athletes from Australia have made it into a bouldering semi at the World Youth Championships. Our girls did us proud and put in a solid round. It will be very exciting to see how these two progress in the future. Congratulations girls on a great effort.
With the luck of the rain we had all the boys go through to the Semi Finals. It was a tough competition to find the 6 in each category to go through to the finals at the World Youth Championships in Guangzhou, China. Everyone in the team put in a great effort and you can imagine how excited we were when Riley Thurstans made it into the finals. The first youth member to ever reach a finals.