This weekend the Tour de Bloc made its ﬁnal stop of the year with the MEC Canadian Bouldering Championships at Coyote Rock Gym in Ottawa.
Report and photos by Aidas Odonelis
Canada’s strongest men and women, along with a handful of American’s competed for the top spots through a day of qualifying, following by semi ﬁnals, and ﬁnally the much anticipated ﬁnals. After a long day of qualifying on Saturday, the top contenders were as many had expected they would be. Canada’s golden boy, Sean McColl secured his place in semi-ﬁnals by qualifying ﬁrst, followed by Dylan Barks- who has become a common sight at the Tour stops. Third and Fourth spots were taken by west coasters Jason Hollowach and Josh Muller. For the women Elise Sethna took the ﬁrst spot followed by Torontonian Bonnie De Brujin and Nova Scotian strong woman Holly Reid.
Moving into Semi Finals the crowd was looking forward to a good show on eight problems set by Chief Setter- Dustin Curtis, and Assistant setters Fred Charron, and Jody Miall. Only six men and women advance into ﬁnals out of 12. The problems are set to test the climbers ability entirely, hopefully allowing the most well balanced competitor to emerge victorious.
The crowd watched with anticipation as their favourite climbers pulled on and gave their best efforts. McColl, failing to stick a marginal dead-point to a slot on Men’s number three, dropped to third place with top spots being taken by Dylan Barks in first, and Josh Larson in second. Fourth, ﬁfth, and sixth place spots were taken by Sebastian Lazure, Jason Holowach, and Yves Gravelle respectively.
Kerry Briggs performed admirably and clinched the first place spot to enter ﬁnals in front of her hometown crowd. Second and third place were taken by Jelisa Dunar and Celeste Wall respectively. First place qualiﬁer Elise Sethna unfortunately fell from first but still kept a spot in the ﬁnals with a fourth place spot at the end of semi ﬁnals followed by Thomasina Pidgeon and Marieta Akalski in ﬁfth and sixth place.