The Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) Provincial Championships were held at the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich this past Saturday and Sunday.
Of the 26 main competition categories, international climbers took home gold in 10 of those and captured silver or bronze in six others. Czech climber Libor Hroza had an unofficial world record time of 5.578 seconds.
The SCBC Provincials was an open event and climbers from anywhere could compete. Eight of the gold medals went to Americans. Texan Delaney Miller took gold in the women’s Lead Open division. In second place was Seattle’s Melina Costanza, who also took home gold in the Female Youth A division. Other gold medal winners from the USA included double gold winners Nicole Mar (Youth D Female Lead and Speed) and Jenna Tseng (Youth B Female Lead and Speed), Leo Costanza (Youth D Male Lead) and Quinn Ofrancia (Youth D Speed).
Other international highlights included China’s Ivan Luo, who took home gold in the Youth A Male division and Iran’s Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, who took home silver in the Open Female division for speed climbing.
Local Alison Stewart-Patterson defended her 2014 Provincial Speed title and took home bronze in the Open Female and was named BC Champion in the Open Female division in both Lead and Speed. Junior Male climber Tristen Gosselin, who finished with gold in Speed and with silver in Lead, was also a double BC Champion in those disciplines, as was Brennan Doyle (Youth C Male), Aidan Doyle (Youth B Male) and Connor Jones (Youth D Male). Brennan Doyle won gold in the Youth C Speed competition and finished second to Vancouver’s Guy McNamee in Lead, while his brother Aidan took home gold in Lead and silver in Speed. Jones earned his BC title thanks to his third place finish in Speed and second place finish in Lead.
Other winners included Open Male Lead champion Elan Jonas-McRae who defended his 2014 Provincial title, as well as Kyle Murdoch (Youth A Male Lead), Matt Hendsbee (Junior Male Lead), Hannah Block (Junior Female Lead), Lola Rabinovitch (Youth C Female Lead), Kate Viner (Experienced Female Lead), Laurence Philippsen (Masters Male Lead), Elena Moss (Youth A Female Speed), Evelyna Trottier (Junior Female Speed), Ryan O’Neil (Youth B Male Speed) and Stephanie Chow (Youth C Female Speed).
Vancouver-based Hannah Block won Junior Female Lead and other B.C. winners included: Lola Rabinovitch (Youth C Female Lead), Elena Moss (Youth A Female Speed), Evelyna Trottier (Junior Female Speed), Stephanie Chow (Youth C Female Speed), Sophie Buitendyk (Youth B Female Lead), Julia Massulo (Youth A Female Lead), Tosh Sherkat (Youth A Male Lead), Lauren Larbalestier (Youth D Female Lead) and Teyha Rogers (Youth B Female Speed).
All eligible climbers will now get ready for the Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC) Lead and Speed National Championships which will be held at The Boulders Climbing Gym on May 16 to 18, 2015, along with the IFSC Speed World Cup on Sunday May 17th.