This past weekend, Altitude Climbing Gym in Gatineau, QC, hosted Ontario’s Difficulty Provincials. Toronto’s Florent Balsez took the top spot in Men’s Open. Coupled with his 10th place at Open Bouldering Nationals, winning the Ontario Championships puts the veteran competitor on a fine course for Nationals next month. A relatively new talent, Toronto-based Mei Nagasako came first in Women’s Open.

On the west coast, SportClimbing BC held its Speed and Difficulty Provincials at The Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich, on Vancouver island. At the end of the weekend, the young powerhouse Lexi Binder was crowned the BC Women’s Open Champion in both disciplines. A regular on the podium, Elan Jonas McRae came first in Men’s Open in Lead, and Jaxson MacDonald won the Men’s Open Speed event.

See below for all the podiums and links to full results.

What’s Next?
The last provincial event takes place next weekend, April 27, 2019 (FQME Difficulty Championships for Youth B, C, D). The OCF did not schedule a Speed Championship this year, but in order to meet the CEC eligibility criteria, there will be a Speed Nationals qualifying event on May 11, 2019, at the Hub Climbing Gym. See here for details. Finally, Difficulty and Speed Nationals will be held at Allez-Up Climbing Gym in Montreal, on Victoria Day Long Weekend. Event details and athlete registration here.

OCF Difficulty Provincial Results from Altitude in Gatineau

Open Female / Male
1. Mei Nagasako (FN) / Florent Balsez
2. Elina Avramova / Samuel Tiukuvaara
3. Jane Cuff / Brandon Barraclough

Junior Female / Male
1. Cat Carkner / Nikolas Alaves
2. Yinki Ying / Mitchell Haight
3. Julia Bunko / Kyle Judge

Youth A Female / Male
1. Riley Galloway / Dries Di Rosa
2. Alexis Digiuseppe / Brayden Stafford
3. Ruby Tennen / Matéo Guitard

Youth B Female / Male
1. Sydney Park / Owen Clouston
2. Sloane Smith / Dylan Smith
3. Tara Pjevic / Ian Tan

Youth C Female / Male
1. Evangelina Briggs / Emmanuel Derima
2. Taylor Galloway / Nathan Seto
3. Jacqueline Ho / Cole Macleod

Youth D Female / Male
1. Charlotte Richards / Jacob Galloway
2. Sadie Schmidt Stutzman / Simon Chadwick
3. Adrienne Fraser / Leo Nygren

FULL RESULTS HERE

OCF OVERALL STANDINGS

SCBC Difficulty Provincial Results from The Boulders in Central Saanich

Open Female / Male
1. Lexi Binder / Elan Jonas McRae
2. Stephanie Chow / Devin Wong
3. Brielle Zacharias / Guy McNamee

Devin Wong. Photo by Christian J. Stewart

Junior Female / Male
1. Manon Mackasey / Devin Wong
2. Athena Pimentel / Sean Faulkner
3. Sierra McComb / Finn Battersby

Youth A Female / Male
1. Lexi Binder / Guy McNamee
2. Stephanie Chow / Kindar McNamee
3. Brielle Zacharias / Cameron Dupuis-Bissonnette

Guy McNamee. Photo by Christian J. Stewart

Youth B Female / Male
1. Emi Takashiba / Finn Fraser Grathwol
2. Maahika Gupta (FN) / Jack Whitney
3. Maki Koci / Lucas Edmunds

Youth C Female / Male
1. Cedar Pidgeon / Nolan Fielding
2. Sloane Betker / Nate Corsi
3. Alison Timmer / Jack Anthony

Cedar Pidgeon. Photo by Christian J. Stewart

Youth D Female / Male
1. Sienna Chow / Sam Corsi
2. Avery MacDonald / Colton Karpes
3. Maisie Ainslie / Anderson McKenzie

FULL RESULTS HERE

For more photos, see Christian J. Stewart’s website

SCBC Speed Provincial Results from The Boulders in Central Saanich

Open Female / Male
1. Lexi Binder / Jaxson MacDonald
2. Brielle Zacharias / Brennan Doyle
3. Sydney Hennessey / Alexander White

Junior Female / Male
1. Manon Mackasey / Alexander White
2. Athena Pimentel / Eamon Collins
3. ____ / M. Ogilivie Turner

Youth A Female / Male
1. Lexi Binder / Jaxson MacDonald
2. Brielle Zacharias / Brennan Doyle
3. Sydney Hennessey / Luis Wehmayer

Youth B Female / Male
1. Emi Takashiba / Connor Jones
2. Teagan Chow / Cooper MacDonald
3. Tula Sherkat / Logan Geisler

Youth C Female / Male
1. Alison Timmer / Owen McJannet
2. Madeleine Anctil / Samuel Zanbilowicz
3. Cedar Pidgeon / Nolan Fielding

Youth D Female / Male
1. Sienna Chow / Bruce Kong
2. Avery MacDonald / Colton Karpes
3. Emma Dietz / Sam Corsi

FULL RESULTS HERE

SPORTCLIMBING BC OVERALL STANDINGS

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