This week, climbing fans and 531 registered athletes from 57 countries and five continents will “climb, come together, celebrate” at IFSC Climbing & Paraclimbing World Championships Innsbruck 2018.
There are 173 athletes registered to compete in all three Bouldering, Lead and Speed climbing disciplines this year at the biannual, signature event.
The following athletes are some of Canada’s top competition climbers and they’ll be competing at the World Championships.
Lucas Uchida is based in Ontario, is 20 years old and has been competing in IFSC events for the past five years.
In 2017, he placed first in Junior Lead and Boulder at the PanAmerican Youth Championships in Montreal.
What a week. After a great time at the @jackalopefest and a great time setting at @blocshop I got pretty 🤒❄️🤢🤮💩 and had to spend the remainder of my Montreal trip resting and recovering. Sadly the training part of the trip did not go as I was hoping it would which was pretty disappointing. All good now though! Thanks to a very good “amateur nurse”😉 and lots of rest I am feeling much better, and am back home in Toronto to give it my all in the final week before World Championships in Innsbruck, AUT! Hoping this week goes smoothly! @mec @lasportivana @petzlofficial @boulderzclimbingcentre @boulderz_jt @tokyopowder #mecambassador #mecnation #skyambissionsteam #lasportiva #tokyopowderindustries #jackalopefest #training #recovery #sick #ill #climbing #montreal #competition #festival #bouldering
Alannah Yip has been one of Canada’s top comp climbers on a regional, national and international level for the past few years.
In 2017, she was the Lead, Speed and Boulder champion in Canada. Her best finish on the world cup circuit was fifth in Chongqing.
At 16, Babette Roy is the youngest Canadian heading to Innsbruck. She recently competed in the Youth World Championships.
This spring, she set a new speed record for Canadian women at 10.72 seconds. “I can’t believe that happened,” she said. “I surprised myself with this result. My coach is proud of me. My family and friends are proud of me. I’m proud.”
Sean McColl is Canada’s most decorated competitor to date, with dozens of semi-finals and finals rounds behind him, McColl has the experience to reach the podium.
McColl was disappointed in his last outing at the Munich World Cup where he finished 95, so watch out for McColl to be bringing his best.
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At 20, Becca Frangos has competed at more World Cup events in 2018 than any Canadian woman. She’s competed at Munich, Arco, Briancon, Chamonix, Villars, Hachioji and Vail.
In Canada, she’s won countless comps and while she hasn’t made Finals on the world stage this year, she’s consistently finishing strong.
7 days until World Championships. ⏰Feeling like all my training in Europe the past month has made massive improvements in my climbing, especially my endurance. Can’t wait to compete!! 🔜 📷 @vladek_zumr . . . @rockymountainsoapco @pauwfoundation @lasportivana @flashedclimbing @movementfactoryholds @piseworld @peakkinetics #flashedpodium #climbfreeclimbfearlessly #ifscwc2018 #climbing #bouldering #klettern #strong #worldchampionships #poweredbypise #training #teamcanada #ifscwch #innsbruck2018
Saskatoon gym owner Jason Holowach has been competing on the world stage for 18 years, with his first IFSC comp being the Youth World Championships in Amsterdam.
This year, Holowach has competed at eight World Cups and finished an impressive 15th in Hachioji.
The team set some incredibly fun boulders today! I’m excited to get in there this evening to train on them! 7 days left before The World 🌎 Championships kick off in Innsbruck Australia 🇦🇹 The body feels great and my psyche is high! I can’t wait to join the rest of the team next week to get this show on the road! @morphoholds @gripitclimbing
Seb Lazure is a champion climber from Montreal who’s competed at five Boulder World Cups with his best finish being 25th in Vail.
In 2017, Lazure was 37th in the world ranking and this year he’s on track to finish top 50.
Ontario climber Bronwen Karnis is 18 and recently competed at her last Youth World Championships, finishing in 20th in Boulder and Lead.
When asked about specific training, Bronwen said, “I have a specific training plan with my coach, we try to experiment a bit and change it often. He does most of the work though and is really smart so it’s usually worked for me.”
All done with this years youth worlds in Moscow! Even though a hard boulder semis left me feeling a bit disappointed and with less than optimal amounts of skin, I was happy to have had the opportunity to go to semis in both bouldering and lead!! 📷 : @wayne.takashiba : 📷 @lasportivana @mec @climbersrock #mecnation #mecambassador #climbersrock #repthegecko #climbing #bouldering #ifscywch
Allison Vest was the 2018 Boulder National Champion in Canada and has won a number of big comps over the years.
Vest has been competing on the international circuit since 2012 with her best finish being in Female Youth A Boulder at the PanAmerican Championships in Santiago.