On Saturday, in accordance with Covid -19 regulations, we were able to get some of our young climbers out to an area close to Alicedale. There are a number of disciplines involved with climbing and the one our boys have been engaging with has been that of bouldering. I’m still very new to this adventure sport but even in this short period I have been able to appreciate the skill and strength it takes to perform climbs.
Our three climbers Matthew Grunewald (Grade 11), Alex Hutton (Grade 8) and Julius Rocher (Grade 8) have real passion and drive for the sport. Matthew is quite the accomplished climber already with hope of competing in the African Cup to be held in December, while Alex and Julius are no slouches either completing difficult climbs for boys their age. Something that has really stood out to me in this discipline is the willingness to share and help other competitors or climbers.
Coming from more traditional sports like rugby and cricket we sometimes see a level of secrecy both nationally and internationally, in this sport I’ve seen the complete opposite. Climbers share new tips or techniques all the time, I think it might have something to do with the fact that it’s almost impossible to cheat in this sport.
It also happens to be one of the sports which happens to be gender neutral where both male and females compete against each other. We will continue to encourage our young climbers and support them in this exciting young sport at College, and hope that more boys may take an interest in the sport and it may grow. Climbing is something they can do well into their future, it can be done in gyms or even better in the beautiful outdoors our country provides us.