Sport Climbing BC gets boost from Provincial Government

By Tanya Cronin
April 21, 2016 - 5:02pm Updated: April 21, 2016 - 5:39pm

KAMLOOPS — The BC Government has provided a big boost to competitive climbers in this Province.

Sport Climbing BC has received $25,000 in additional funding. The money will be used to purchase a competition timing system, a live scoring system and a camera system for judging, as well as help pay for infrastructure to webcast events. Kamloops-South Thompson MLA, Todd Stone made the announcement at Cliffside Climbing Gym.  

"It's going to enable them to hold sanctioned competitions all across British Columbia, so they can continue to groom some great athletes and accelerate their growth and we'll hopefully see some Kamloopsians on the podium," says Todd Stone, Kamloops-South Thompson MLA.

It was recently announced by the Olympic Organizing Committee, that climbing will be recognized as a full medal event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. It's expected the funding committment from the province, will help grow the sport to new levels.

"Member numbers have expanded tremendously, we've doubled every year for the last 3 years, now we're looking at running bigger competitions, running more widely across the province, this will be a package we can take to a gym, set it up and have everything we need to run a high class sanctioned competition," says Iain Stewart-Patterson, President of Sport Climbing BC.   

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