The 2015 National Boulder Series Championships


by Delaney Carpenter

For the second time, the Western Cape is host to the biggest indoor bouldering competition in South Africa: the 2015 National Boulder Series Championships.

With the incredible buy-in and support of South Africa’s largest Indoor Climbing Gym, namely CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym in Observatory, Cape Town, the stage was set to witness 73 competitors from across the country take part in this year’s National Boulder Event.

Each province was allowed up to 5 competitors per each of the 12 categories. The format of the event included semi-final rounds on the Saturday 11th April 2015 and the final rounds on Sunday 12th April 2015.

While in isolation on the Saturday and Sunday, climbers could be found lounging around in the cool breeze coming in through into the isolation area, fondly known as Area 51 by the local CityROCK clients.

After the first day, Alex’s Catering delivered a scrumptious meal of canapes and finger-foods for the weary competitors and spectators as well as the hard-working routesetters.

Hats off to the phenomenal routesetting that occurred before and during the event. Chief Routesetter, Maciej Fijalkowski, and his team of 6 routesetters spent the entire week leading up to the event setting routes and stripping the walls of the gym. It was incredible to see how much work, deliberation and basic hard labour goes into the setting and stripping of routes.

Each boulder problem that was climbed was allocated one Judge and one Scorer. These two people were responsible for accurately capturing which climber got the most top and bonus holds in the 5 and 4 minutes for semi-final and final boulder problems respectively. The scoresheets were taken to the two Scores Auditors and the Chief Scorer to be entered into a Scoring Spreadsheet which would calculate and ultimately rank the climbers after each climb. The Jury President had the final say before the results were published.

The competition ran very smoothly and efficiently and any queries or issues that arose throughout the event were dealt with timeously and fairly, ensuring a successful, streamlined and entertaining competition for all involved. The running of the event was largely and almost exclusively due to the officials, namely:

• Patrick Black (Jury President)
• Maciej Fijalkowski (Chief Routesetter)
• Paul Bruyer (Assistant Jury President)
• Chris Naudé (Chief Scorer)
• Delaney Carpenter (Organiser)
• CityROCK Staff (Venue Hosts)
• Harold Amaler (Scores Analyst)
• Tracy Bell (Scores Analyst)
• Julian Lapin (WCC Judge)
• Dante Roumega (Judge)
• Candice Lloyd (Judge)
• Sandy Black (Judge)
• Linith von Ahlefeldt (Judge)
• Katinga de Mey (Judge)
• David Gerber (Judge)
• Peter Costopoulos (Judge)
• Chris Naudé (Scorer)
• Nick Penny (Scorer)
• Tracy Bell (Scorer)
• Harold Amaler (Scorer)
• Ross Suter (Scorer)
• Kim Hochreiter (Scorer)
• Rachelle de Charmoy (Scorer)
• Matthew van der Westhuizen (Judge)
• Jason Siebert (Scorer)
• Warrick Black (Scorer Finals)
• Anesh Magan (Spotter)
• David Gerber (Routesetter and Stripper)
• Nick Telford (Routesetter and Stripper)
• Ricky Traviss (Routesetter and Stripper)
• Jean-Luc Joubert (Routesetter and Stripper)
• Robbie Fraser (Routesetter and Stripper)
• Peter Costopoulos (Routesetter and Stripper)
• Ricky Traviss (Time-Keeper)
• Jean-Luc Joubert (Time-Keeper)
• Geoff Meyer (Photographer)
• Dr. Harold Amaler and Jenny Adams (Medical Services)
• Red Earth for the First Floating Trophy for the National Boulder Series Championships!
• And an enormous thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Greg Borman!
• Special thanks to Tamryn, Tarryn, Candice, Dominic and Lee from CityROCK for everything they did to assist us – and they did a lot!

The winners of the competition are as follows:

Spot Prizes:
• Most attempts on a single problem: Jack Vermaak (WCC)
• Longest lasting attempt: Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (WCC)
• Up a Problem Backwards: Monique Smit (WCC)

Raffle Prizes:
• Alex Bergesen (GC)
• Rachel Sealy-Fisher (GC)

U13 Girls Gold: Alyssa Meyer (WCC)
Silver: Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (WCC)
Bronze: Kristeen Slabbert (GC)

U13 Boys Gold: Alistair Stubbs (GC)
Silver: Tom van Sittert (WCC)
Bronze: Christopher Wallace (KZN)
U15 Girls Gold: Angela Eckhardt (GC)
Silver: Camilla Cibulka (GC)
Bronze: India Kragolsen-Cryer (GC)

U15 Boys Gold: David Naudé (WCC)
Silver: Joshua Greaves (GC)
Bronze: Alex Bergesen (GC)

U17 Girls Gold: Mikela Sinovich (WCC)
Silver: Kerry-Anne Stackpoole (KZN)
Bronze: Holly De Lange (KZN)

U17 Boys Gold: Jake Amaler (WCC)
Silver: Katleho Pobe (GC)
Bronze: Nicholas Meinel (GC)

U19 Girls Gold: Nadene van Rensburg (KZN)
Silver: Annabelle Slabber (KZN)
Bronze: Rachel Sealy-Fisher (GC)

U19 Boys Gold: Sheldon Smith (WCC)
Silver: Thomas Slabbert (GC)
Bronze: Oliver Strange (GC)

Ladies Open Gold: Julia Chen (WCC)
Silver: Jeanne Bouyeat (GC/Foreigner)
Bronze: Kirsten Roberts (GC)

Mens Open Gold: Adam Ludford (WCC)
Silver: Benj de Charmoy (WCC)
Bronze: Rowan Toselli (WCC)

Winning Province *** Western Cape Climbing

***The Winning Province was calculated this year by calculating the scores of the Top 5 competitors in each category as follows:

1st Place = 5 points
2nd Place = 4 points
3rd Place = 3 points
4th Place = 2 points
5th Place = 1 point


Parents and Climbers
All the Officials of the Competition
South African National Climbing Federation
Provincial Bodies: KZN Climbing, Gauteng Climbing, North West Climbing and Western Cape Climbing
CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym
Red Earth

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