Climbers reach podium

Local climbing team has eight medallists in competition

Paige Lofthaug finished second in a Sport Climbing B.C. competition

Members of Maple Ridge’s Rock Wall Climbing Team were in Vancouver last weekend for a Sport Climbing British Columbia sanctioned climbing competition.

In the  second difficulty competition of the rope climbing season, Rock Wall Team members had an exceptional day. Out of 15 team members in the competition, nine made it to finals and eight of them medalled.

Paige Lofthaug and Meghan White, both in Youth D Female (11 and Under), had very strong performances through all three rounds.  They finished second and third respectfully.

Jakob Plamondon was a dominant force on the wall, and placed first in the Youth B Male category (14-15).

Teyha Rodgers continues to climb the ranks this season in a very deep field in Youth B Female. She finished third, as did Sydney Hennessey in Youth C Female. Hennessey is also quickly climbing the ranks this season and is pushing the top-ranked climbers in her division.

Taylor Forsyth and her twin brother Jake are both coming off a great season last year, when they were each named to Team Canada in the Speed Climbing Division. This season they are both climbing well. Jake took top honors in junior male and Taylor placed third in junior female.

Christy Spurrell competed in her first competition since injuring her finger last year, and although she is still not performing at 100 per cent, she was edged out of a podium position by only one move. Spurrell was named head coach of the Rock Wall Youth Team and her 12 years of competition experience and experience on Team Canada has made a big impact on the youth teams performances.

In the recreational adult division, Jonathan Curtis squeaked out an impressive first-place finish by a margin of half a move. He is one of the club’s newest climbers.

Rock Wall Climbing Gym in Maple Ridge is hosting the next SCBC Difficulty and Speed competition on March 28.  Registration is online and is open to all climbers, spectators are welcome. Visit  www.sportclimbingbc.ca  for competition registration, competition details and schedule.

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