We continue our coverage of the upcoming IFSC World Cup Comp in Hamilton with profiles of two Canadian athletes from the Maritimes.
John Bowles(back row, 2nd from left) of New Brunswick is well-known as the Adult Climbing Co-ordinator of the Climbing Escalade Canada and one of the most consistent and enthusiastic competitors on the circuit in Canada. His career includes eleven World Cup Comps around the world, making him one of the most experienced Canadians at the World Cup level. He’s also achieved a great deal of success in Canada and the US, being crowned 2009 Canadian National Bouldering Champion and North American Speed Climbing Champion in 2008. His recent results include eighth in April at the Nationals in Edmonton and third in Victoria at a regional comp in March.
Holly Reid of Nova Scotia is a 29-year-old veteran of half-a-dozen World Cup Bouldering Comps. She ended 2011 65th in the World Cup rankings with only limited participation. This will be her first World Cup comp since 2011, the year she competed at the last Canadian World Cup in Canmore. Despite the lay-off, Reid will not be rusty, as she is coming off of a third place at the recent Nationals (which uses WC format) in Edmonton, a best ever result for the Maritimer.