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.
This year at the World Youth Championships we had 4 female athletes in our youth team. Everyone put in a great effort with our two youngest Youth B girls, Oceania Mackenzie and Sienna Wong putting in an amazing round to qualify for the Semi Finals. The first time we have ever had any girls qualify for a Semi Final in the Bouldering at the Youth Championships.
During the qualification round at The World Youth Championships the heavens opened up and the rain washed out the days proceedings. The great news for our male competitors was they all then went through to a Semi Final round. All our athletes climbed well and with news of the day being cancelled were very happy to be able to do it all again.