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Indoor Climbing Comps: SR Youth Team

Updated: Mar 3

By Taylor Foster


You may or may not know, but indoor climbing is a competitive sport just like soccer, baseball, tennis, swimming, you name it! Sportrock has always provided various levels of training for our youth climbers, but now that we have finished construction on Bay 3 in Alexandria, we’ve been stepping up our level of training. We are the only gym in the greater DC area with a full-sized 15 meter Speed wall – equipped with all the bells and whistles – in addition to our 60-foot walls! With all of these upgrades, we have quickly become a destination hotspot for competitors looking to train.


So, what does this all mean?

It means our kids are crushing it at climbing competitions this season!


This year Sportrock had 18 kids qualify to compete at Divisionals in Columbus, OH, which is one of the highest numbers of competitors we’ve seen from our gyms! Out of those 18 competing we have 11 heading to Nationals for Speed and five kids heading to Nationals for Sport! These kids are the cream of the crop and are in our facilities training week in and week out. This is only the start for them. The Olympics in 2020 held in Tokyo will be the first ever to feature competitive indoor climbing. It’s a good thing we have those 60-foot walls!


Competitor Breakdown from Divisionals, Summer 2018

Check out the official results here! But we’ve broken it down for you below.


Speed:

Jacob Zippel – 2nd

Aidan Cumming – 6th

Ellie Sepulveda – 2nd

Kristen Koh  – 5th

Swarna Shah – 6th

Joey Murphy – 1st

Sarah Murphy – 7th

Christopher Draper – 8th

Caden Green – 1st

Zac Baker – Nationals Qualifier

Andrew Yoo – Nationals Qualifier


Sport:

Ellie Sepulveda-3rd

Swarna Shah – 2nd

Sarah Murphy – 3rd

Emily LeClair – 5th

Caden Green- 3rd


Competitive Indoor Climbing

Climbing is broken up into two seasons: Bouldering in the fall, Sport and Speed in the spring. The kids must attend two local competitions to qualify for Regionals. From there, the top 10 kids from each age category move on to compete in Divisionals. And then, the top 6 from Divisionals head to Nationals.


Competing at this level is no easy feat. Kids from all over the country are training ferociously to be able to stay on top of the competition and we are excited that families are beginning to seek out Sportrock for its many resources, training camps, and coaching staff to help their young climbers succeed.


Climbing is a year-round sport with fluctuating team membership as the season progresses. We do our best to work with our members and give them the information they need to know when and where the kids will be training. Be sure to take the time to talk with the kids and the coaches when you see them around the gym. We are all one community and want to work together so we can all utilize our gym as effectively as possible.


Stay tuned for more updates on how our team performs at Nationals in Kennesaw, GA this July, and if your child is interested in joining the team be sure to sign up for either our Rec Team or Ramp Up Program starting in July.