Para-athletes take to the rock in the first ever fully inclusive Queensland Lead Climbing Titles. Some of Australia’s best climbers will ascend on The Rock Indoor Climbing Gym in the Brisbane suburb of Parkinson for this year’s Queensland State Lead Climbing Titles, which is featuring a para-athlete category for the first time.
Being held from 17 – 19 March, the championships are all ages, including categories for children from as young as 6, through to the Masters at 40+. As the 2017 naming sponsor, FSG Australia (FSG) is delighted to be a part of a competition that is promoting inclusiveness in an important sporting event in the climbing calendar.
“To have the titles return to The Rock is extremely exciting. It is a testament to the staff & climbing community at The Rock, who have advocated for and promoted the facility as an all abilities/accessible gym. The para-athletes competing prove yet another barrier broken down in building a fully inclusive sporting community,” says Vicki Batten, FSG CEO.
Last year’s competition saw record numbers, with 210 competitors battling it out on the walls for the Queensland Title, and this year is expected to be no different.
“The level of interest in climbing continues to grows every year. With climbing now set to appear in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, more and more people are taking up the sport, meaning the level of skill increases too. Queensland climbing competitions are some of the best in Australia, so it’s great to be facilitating this event for the community and ensuring it’s accessible for everyone,” explains Scott Braithwaite, Event Organiser.