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Ned Middlehurst – Youth National Sport Climbing Champion

Recently, four Woodleigh School students competed at the Australian Sport Climbing Youth Nationals event in Melbourne.

Held over three days, across three different climbing gyms, the Youth Nationals featured a different type of climbing each day. More than 200 climbers between the ages of 8 and 18, from all over Australia, competed in the three disciplines of Boulder, Lead and Speed Climbing.

The event also doubled as the selection event for the Australian Youth Team.

It was a very intense competition, both physically and psychologically.

Ned Middlehurst finished 1st in Boulder, 1st in Lead and 2nd in Speed in his age group (Youth A, 16-17 year olds). He also came 1st in the Overall Rankings, a result calculated by combining each athletes ranking from the three disciplines.

Ned’s results mean that he has now been selected for the Australian Team. He will be competing at the World Youth Championships later this year in Innsbruck, Austria.

Our other students competing in the championships, and their results were:

Edward Lewis – Youth B Boulder – 20th Lead – 18th

Will Marsh – Youth B Boulder – 22nd Lead – 6th

Oscar Landman – Youth A  Boulder – 10th Lead – 10th

Ned Middlehurst – Youth A Boulder – 1st  Lead – 1st

Photo Credit: Circuitclimbing.com