As we head into 2020 with climbing more popular than ever, there are so many competition climbers in Canada that the numbers are into the thousands.
There are repeat podium-making climbers in every province and some even competed on the World Cup circuit. We’ll see the interest in competition climbing rise to a new level as it makes its debut at the Olympics.
Below are a few of the many amazing competition climbers who took home medals this year and continue to inspire others.
Sean McColl has been representing Canada on the world stage for well over a decade. The 32-year-old climber from Vancouver is the only Canadian who’s qualified for the 2020 Olympics so far.
He finished top 10 at the world championships, a number of world cups and finished fifth overall at the lead world championships. Be sure to watch out for an in-depth talk with McColl in Gripped magazine in the new year.
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At 26, Vancouver climber Alannah Yip continues to excel at regional and national competitions. She’s the current open bouldering champion, a title she’s held three times in four years, and is ranked 10th overall in the world.
Yip is currently preparing for the 2020 Pan American Olympic Qualifier, the final qualification event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Montreal climber Dylan Le, 14, placed third in Youth B Speed at the IFSC Youth World Championships in Italy this year. It was a historic podium, as it was the first medal in 13 years for a Canadian at the event.
Back in Canada, he’s the champion in Youth B Speed and Bouldering for 2019 and finished third in Youth B Lead. This past month, he became the 2019/20 Quebec bouldering champion.
Indiana Chapman has been leading the way in her categories for the past few years. The 16-year-old Toronto climber finished 12th in Youth A Lead at the 2019 IFSC Youth World Championships.
Chapman is the 2019 Youth A Bouldering and Lead Champion and finished in third in Open Lead. In October, she injured her knee doing a heel hook and couldn’t compete in the start of the 2019/20 comp season.
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🤩💕FINALS💕🤩 I had such a great time competing in my first year at Open Lead Nationals! I’m so psyched to have walked away with 3rd place in open, and to win the youth A category – which is my 10th national title! Amongst such a strong field of ladies, the competition gets harder every year and it’s so motivating climbing with all of them 🙌! A big thank you to @allezupmtl for hosting such a hype event, and to my sponsors Game Hive, @muskokawoods, @boulderparc, and @temboclimbing for all the support! • #lsn2019 #canadianleadnationals #teamcanada🇨🇦 #leadclimbing #canadianclimbing #gamehive #muskokawoods #muskokawoodsathleteambassador #boulderparcathlete #temboclimbing