HAMILTON, ON, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Its fans think it is the perfect
sport - an optimum combination of strength and strategy. It's called
bouldering - one style of rock climbing, without ropes.
And the top competitors in this demanding sport will be in Hamilton,
June 1-2, 2013, for the Bouldering World Cup Canada, sanctioned by the
International Federation of Sport Climbing.
This is only the second World Cup event ever held in Canada, and the
first in the east - the previous event was in Canmore, Alberta.
Bouldering competitions are carried out on challenging vertical courses.
This sport is undertaken at such a high level that the IFSC is
currently working on a bid to have climbing included in the 2020
The Hamilton competition takes place at the World Cup Bouldering Hall.
Top competition climbers from more than 20 countries are expected,
including Killian Fischuber from Austria, Akiyo Noguchi from Japan and
Canada's Sean McColl, a top ranked international competitor with
multiple World Cup victories and multiple podium appearances.
McColl, from Vancouver, competed in 33 competitions in 2012 - some of
them multiple categories at the same event - in venues ranging from the
United States to France, from Austria to China, from Venezuela to
Korea, from Sweden to, of course, Canada. He picked up nine first place
medals in that year, alone, including being named 2012 IFSC World
Champion. Sean won his first World Cup Bouldering gold medal on May 12
at Log Dragomer in Slovenia. He is the athlete representative on the
Olympic bid committee.
Fans can cheer on the national hero in Hamilton; tickets are $60 for the
two-day event. The first run of tickets sold out almost immediately;
the organizers are planning to issue new blocks of tickets - visit www.boulderingcanada.com for more information about ticket availability.
The full roster of the Canadian National Bouldering Team, who will
compete in Hamilton, was determined at the Canadian National Bouldering
Championships, April 6-7, 2013.
Staging the Bouldering World Cup Canada is a labour of love - the entire
organizing committee is made up volunteers. As well, this event would
not be possible without the overwhelming support of the climbing
community that helped the event get off the ground through an Indiegogo
The volunteer organizers of the Hamilton event are a group of rock
climbers from Joe Rockhead's Indoor Rock Climbing in Toronto. Head
organizer is Luigi Montilla, who has successfully organized the Tour de
Bloc - Canada's competitive climbing circuit - for a decade.
Joe Rockhead's is the official training facility for all athletes
competing at the World Cup event; Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has
signed on as Official Event Sponsor of the 2013 IFSC Bouldering World
For further information about this unprecedented climbing event, visit www.boulderingcanada.com.
SOURCE: Bouldering Canada
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