Central Saanich named competition climbing capital [UPDATE]

Proclamation came in advance of World Youth Championships being held at facility next month

Niina Chatham (climbing) and Tristen Gosselin (belay) finish their last climb of the day at the Boulders Climbing Gym earlier this year. The gym is the host of this years International Federation of Sport Climbing World Youth Championships Aug. 15 to 19.

[NOTE: The dates that appear in the July 17 print edition of the PNR for the Youth World Championships being held at The Boulders are incorrect. This version contains the correct dates.]

 

CENTRAL SAANICH — The Boulders Climbing Gym and the District of Central Saanich announced last week that Central Saanich was named the competition climbing capital of Canada.

The proclamation was made by a special resolution of Central Saanich Council on July 2 and acknowledges the important role that The Boulders Climbing Gym has made to the sport climbing community in Canada and throughout the world.

With an 18-metre high competition climbing wall and over 1,200 square metres of climbing space, The Boulders is one of the only facilities of its kind in North America.

The gym recently hosted the 2013 B.C. Provincial Championships and the 2013 Canadian National Championships and is now in the midst of preparing to host the 2013 International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Youth Championships which runs Thursday, Aug. 15 until Monday, Aug. 19.

“We understand that the Boulders facility is one of the best, if not the best climbing training gyms in North America,” said Central Saanich Mayor Alastair Bryson.

“We are confident that the upcoming World Youth Championships will establish our reputation as the competition climbing capital of Canada and that this will be the first of many international competitive climbing events to come to our community.”

“We are incredibly excited to hear about the Central Saanich proclamation,” said Kimanda Jarzebiak, Chair of the Boulders.

“They have been a great partner to work with over the years and we look forward to their support during the World Youth Championships and for the additional promotion of The Boulders and the sport of climbing that will happen as a result.”

Watch for coverage of the World Youth Championships in future editions of the Peninsula News Review.

— With files from The Boulders