2017 Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition

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The 2017 Western Cape Climbing Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition



The second Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition in the Western Cape took place at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym on Saturday 4th March 2017.  With 46 children competing for podium positions and the coveted place on the 2017 Provincial Bouldering Team, the gym was awash in excitement.


Hosted by Western Cape Climbing, the judges were responsible for judging the Tops and Bonuses and attempts at each of each child in the following categories:


·         U11 Girls

·         U11 Boys

·         U13 Girls

·         U13 Boys

·         U15 Girls

·         U15 Boys

·         U17 Girls

·         U17 Boys

·         U19 Girls

·         U19 Boys


Our judges had to be extremely observant of each competitor’s attempt on each of the boulder problems.  Our spotters did outstanding jobs of protecting any competitor who fell off the wall.


The routes for the competition were of a good calibre and huge thanks is given to James Barnes and David Gerber for setting the twenty superb routes for the competition.


Western Cape Climbing would like to extend a further thanks to CityROCK Climbing Gym for hosting the competition, in particular Illona Pelser for all her hard work!  We are incredibly thankful for the immense support we received from Cape Town’s oldest climbing gym.


Acknowledgements to our Competition Officials:


Organiser                            Delaney Carpenter         

Jury President                   Chris Naudé

Chief Scorer                       Chris Naudé

WCC Judge                         Julian Lapin

Judges                                  Rebecca Hoerner

Hannah Ashley Cooper

Janice Sparg

Terri-Lynne Ashley Cooper

Colette Rodrigues

Nigel Dorward

Julian Lapin

Linith von Ahlefeldt

Steward                               Delaney Carpenter

Photographer                    Geoff Meyer

Physiotherapist                                Jenny Adams                    

Time-Keeper                     Chris Naudé

Spotters                               Riaan Meintjes

Greg Ashley Cooper

Anna and Theresa

Chief Routesetter            James Barnes

Routesetters                     James Barnes

                                                David Gerber

Route Technicians           James Barnes

                                                David Gerber

                                                Chevaan Patience


Schools and Youth Clubs Who Competed in the 2017 Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition:


1.       Grippers Climbing Club

2.       SACS Climbing Club

3.       Top Out Climbing Club

4.       Rocklands Rangers Youth Club

5.       Bishops Climbing Club



Podium Winners from the Competition:


U11 Boys

1.       Nicholas Allan (Gold Medalist)

2.       Ben Harris (Silver Medalist)

3.       Jake Dreyer (Bronze Medalist)


U13 Girls

1.       Sarah Adams (Gold Medalist)

2.       Rauen Kröhn (Silver Medalist)

3.       Jesse Rodrigues, Rachel Sparg, Jenevieve Okhuis, Lakeesha Radelet, Jaqueline Fortuin (Bronze Medalist)


U13 Boys

1.       John Adams (Gold Medalist)

2.       Jack Burningham (Silver Medalist)

3.       Matthew Collier-Reed (Bronze Medalist)


U15 Girls

1.       Alyssa Meyer (Gold Medalist)

2.       Monique Smit (Silver Medalist)

3.       Georgiana “Georgi” Dorward (Bronze Medalist)


U15 Boys

1.       Jared Rodrigues (Gold Medalist)

2.       Luke Eberhard (Silver Medalist)

3.       Charles Carter (Bronze Medalist)


U17 Girls

1.       Shanay Meintjies (Gold Medalist)

2.       Milena Kröhn (Silver Medalist)


U17 Boys

1.       Luc Pegram (Gold Medalist)

2.       Luca Bazzea (Silver Medalist)

3.       David Naudé (Bronze Medalist)


U19 Girls

1.       Mikela Sinovich (Gold Medalist)


U19 Boys

1.       Joseph Rosendorff (Gold Medalist)

2.       Jake Amaler (Silver Medalist)

3.       Jaya Curtis (Bronze Medalist)



Photographs of the event are available here.




The official Provincial Youth Team for these categories will be announced once the scores have been compared to the grades that were topped and in how many attempts.




 Register here

Information booklet


2017 Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition


Saturday 4th March 2017


Organised by: Western Cape Climbing

Hosted by: CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

www.westerncapeclimbing.co.za for details and results.

Table of Contents


1. Where & When

2. Age groups and number of participants

3. Prize Giving

4. Structure of events

5. Warm-up

6. Costs and payment

7. Abridged Timetable

8. Contact details

9. Summary – what you must do!

10. Attachments




The Climbers of Western Cape Climbing welcome all Western Cape Climbing Members to the 2017 Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition.


The SANCF is committed to bringing huge changes to the South African Competitive Bouldering & Sport Climbing Scene.



Subject to a minimum climbing ability to be determined by a panel consisting of the WCC head coach, WCC coaching assistant and one parent representative, the Top 5 Ranked Competitors in each category will be selected for the Western Cape Provincial Team competing at the 2017 National Boulder Series Championships being held over the 1st and 2nd April in Cape Town and possibly the National Climbing Competition being held over 30th September and 1st October in Johannesburg (Youth D).




Please bear in mind that the competition will run strictly according to a timetable. Kindly therefore allow enough time for travel delays.



1. When & Where


The 2017 Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition will be held:


ü  Saturday 4th March 2017


The Competition will be held at:

v  CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym, Observatory


The address is: The address is: Corner of Collingwood and Anson Streets, Observatory, Cape Town. For more information, please visit their website www.cityrock.co.za. Refer to the map below or use the following link in Google Maps -  City Rock link in Google Maps.


  • Technical Meeting and Registrations – Saturday 4th March 2017

Starts at 09:00am until 09:45am.


  • Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition – Saturday 4th March 2017

Starts at 09:00am until 06:00pm.


  • Prize Giving – Saturday 4th March 2017

5:30pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym, Observatory.







2. Categories for the Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition


The categories are as follows:

  • Youth D: U11 Boys (bouldering Grades 5c to 6b+)
  • Youth D: U11 Girls (bouldering Grades 5c to 6b+)
  • Youth C: U13 Boys (bouldering Grades 6a to 6c+)
  • Youth C: U13 Girls (bouldering Grades 6a to 6c+)
  • Youth B: U15 Boys (bouldering Grades 6c to 7a+)
  • Youth B: U15 Girls (bouldering Grades 6c to 7a+)
  • Youth A: U17 Boys (bouldering Grades 7a to 7c)
  • Youth A: U17 Girls (bouldering Grades 7a to 7c)
  • Junior: U19 Boys (bouldering Grades 7a to 7c)
  • Junior: U19 Girls (bouldering Grades 7a to 7c)


Categories are defined by the age of the child as at 1st January of 2017.  Please refer to the below tables if you are unsure based on the year your child was born (Youth D years of birth will be 2006 and 2007):



If you are unsure of what grade your child can climb, please contact your child’s coach to confirm.




3. Prize Giving


Prize Giving will take place on Saturday 4th March from 05:30 pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.


We are sincerely grateful to CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym for hosting the event.








4. Structure of events


The competition will consist of a Qualifier Round of 4 problems with 5 minutes per problem and a Final Round of 4 problems with 4 minutes per problem.  All climbers compete in the Qualifier Round and the top ranked six from the Qualifier Round will compete in the Final Round.

A 2 minute viewing per boulder for Qualifiers will be held before the start of each round and a 3 minute viewing per boulder for the Finals will be held before the start of each round. 

Climbers may not ask about beta.  Climbers may only touch the marked starting holds during this time.  No other holds may be touched and feet may not leave the ground.

Scores for rankings are calculated according to, and in order of:

·         the number of Tops awarded;

·         the fewest attempts at Top;

·         the number of bonus points awarded; and,

·         the fewest attempts at reaching the bonus hold.

No score shall be awarded for a “touched” hold.

          If any competitors are tied, then the ranking of these competitors from the previous round will be used to break the tie (“countback”).

For the purpose of determining qualification for the Final round, if any competitors are tied following the ranking and countback process described above, the tied climbers will be put through, e.g. climbers ranked equally at 6th will be allowed to compete in the Final. 

To complete a route the climber must comfortably hold the final hold of the route with both hands for 3 seconds or until the judge acknowledges.

A touch of the hold or a mat foot dab (however slight) constitutes a try. 

The starting, bonus and finishing holds shall be clearly marked.

The start and end times will be announced by the blow of a whistle by the Time Keeper.

The time remaining will be announced by the Time Keeper.

Isolation rules shall apply to all rounds of Boulder competitions.


Final Round


·         The highest ranked 6 climbers from each category after the Qualifiers will compete in the Final Round.

·         Any climbers ranked equally at 6th will be allowed to compete in the Final following the above procedure of countbacks.

·         The starting order will be in the reverse order of the ranking achieved, i.e. the highest ranked competitor shall climb last.

·         The final will consist of 4 boulders with 4 minutes to complete each boulder.

·         If any 1st placed Final competitors remain tied following the above countback process (the ranking of the previous round shall be used to break the tie), then a “Tie Break” boulder will be held. If the tie relates to any other competitors, the relevant competitors will be given an equal ranking.




5. Refreshments at competition venue

Minimal refreshments will be available at the competition venue but takeaways, restaurants and a Spar are within walking distance of the gym. 



6. Costs and payment


Fee for 2017 Provincial Youth Bouldering Competition due by Friday 17th February:



ü  The above fee includes medals, trophies, routesetting, venue hire as well as the costs associated with the organization of the competition.


ü  All competitors must be a member of both Western Cape Climbing and the South African National Climbing Federation in order to compete.  If neither of these Annual Membership Fees have been paid to either your club or Western Cape Climbing itself, please include the relevant fees in your overall payment for the competition as follows:

o   R350 Competition Registration Fee

o   R250 Western Cape Climbing Membership Fee

o   R190 South African National Climbing Federation Membership Fee

ü  All payments are to be made by Friday 24th February 2017 and deposited via EFT into the Western Cape Climbing Bank Account below.


Western Cape Climbing

First National Bank

Branch: Cavendish

Branch Number: 204209

Account Number: 62380592652

Account Type: Cheque Account

Please list your name as a reference on the deposit slip

Kindly email the proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







7. Timetable


These times are subject to change and a revised timetable may be published after the registration cutoff when competitor numbers are known.


Abridged Timetable



Saturday 4th March 2017


Action                                                                        Time

•      Registration and Technical Meeting                         09:00am to 09:45am

•      Introduction & briefing                                            09:45am to 09:50am

•      U11, U13 and U15 Qualifier Round                          10:00am to 12:00pm

•      U17 and U19 Qualifier Round                                  12:00pm to 01:00pm


•      Finalists Announcement                                          01:30pm to 01:45pm

•      U11, U13 and U15 Final Round                               02:00pm to 04:00pm

•      U17 and U19 Final Round                                       04:10pm to 05:00pm

•      Prize Giving                                                             05:30pm to 06:00pm



The above times are approximate and competitors should always arrive early.




8. Contact details


Delaney Carpenter – WCC Competitions Organiser

083 355 9933

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Chris Naudé – WCC Jury President

063 538 4516

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9. Summary – what you must do!


Item Due date:

ü  Register by Friday 17th February 2017

ü  Pay the registration fees by Friday 24th February 2017

ü  Show up at the competition on Saturday 4th March 2017






10. Attachments

v  Competitor Registration Form

v  Directions to CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym in Observatory




LEGAL DISCLAIMER: All climbing related activities are extremely dangerous and always completely at your own risk. The organizers, SANCF, the sponsors and venue owners accept no responsibility for any losses, injury or death. All participating climbers, helpers, organizers and spectators take full responsibility for themselves. There is no substitute for experience, training, common sense and a touch of caution. So you are on your own…take care!