Geckos at 2021 Youth & Masters Bouldering Champs

The Geckos kicked off the new competition season in style, crushing it at the National Bouldering Champs in Queenstown and returning with a fair tally of medals and trophies! We’ve set out our expectations / hopes of retaining the Climbing NZ Teams Cup (which we won last year) by scoring an awesome 1836 team points (twice the score of the next highest club!) with our efforts this weekend!

Before going further, a huge thanks to all the parents (Andrew, Angela, Aynur, Chris, Conor, Emily, James & Matt) who travelled and assisted with the comp (thanks particularly to Nicola for taking the lead on the catering front), and particularly to Rowan for all her training efforts before the comp, and support and encouragement during the comp. Matt also acted as Team Manager as well as CNZ Head Judge, and Evie also helped with judging (after unfortunately suffering a comp-ending finger injury in the qualifiers) and supporting the younger climbers.

Commiserations to the North Island teams who unfortunately couldn’t make it to this comp due to Covid restrictions.

Anna EvansYouth D Female Gold
Charlotte ChinnYouth D FemaleSilver
Tobin PriestleyYouth D Male Gold
Katie ChinnYouth C FemaleGold
Xanthe SaundersYouth C Female4th
Manaia JohnstonYouth C Female5th
Evie CookYouth C Female6th
Cooper GibsonYouth C MaleBronze
Alex MitchellYouth C Male5th
Sam Cook Youth C Male 7th
Charlie Sara Youth C Male 11th
Alex Evans Youth C Male 14th
Sophia CookYouth B FemaleBronze
Laura TownshendYouth B Female6th
Spencer MenziesYouth B MaleGold
Robert RiderYouth B Male8th
Grayson MeaclemYouth B Male9th
Oliver ChinnYouth B Male10th
Willow CookYouth A FemaleSilver
Riley ButlerYouth A Female4th
Kayla MuirsonYouth A Female6th
George DarnbroughYouth A Male8th
Sabrina ButlerJunior FemaleGold
Evie BoydJunior Female6th*
James PatersonJunior MaleBronze
Emily LaneMasters FemaleSilver
Sefton PriestleyMasters MaleGold
Cameron MitchellMasters Male4th
Chris NorthMasters Male5th
Jason ButlerMasters Male6th
* Evie Boyd qualified for finals in 5th place after topping the first two (of five) qualifying problems and sustaining a finger injury on the third problem, leaving her unfortunately unable to compete in the finals.

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