Canadian Difficulty Nationals Wrap-up: May 28-29

I wrote this update a while ago, but had simply not taken the time to finish it and post it. As you already know, the CEC Youth and Open National Difficulty Championships this year was hosted at Elevation Place in Canmore, AB. Several athletes took part, a good part of them travelling from Eastern Canada.

The gym was well prepared for the competitors, coaches and family members. The gym is relatively small, and many people were concerned on how it would be able to fit spectators comfortably. But they totally made it work out. The town of Canmore with its mountainous environment was a beautiful setting to hold such an event.

The climbing at the competition was great, spectacular, and definitely challenging to say the least! I attacked the first qualifier with confidence and was glad on how I did on it. My second qualifier didn’t go as well; I felt on a compression move on 2 slopers, and know really well that my head stopped me more than my body on that specific move. After qualifications I had made it to semi-finals in Open Female (top 16 out of 52 climbers), and at that point that's what really mattered to me.

Semi-finals went great: the route was crimpy, technical, and slightly overhanging. The last move was a dyno from two very bad pockets: I went for it but didn’t stick it. The only climber that topped it is Alannah Yip. My ranking was 3rd after that route.

Fighting my way to finals on the semi-final route at the 2016 National Difficulty Championships, Canmore, AB.

I was super psyched for finals, but got a route that completely was my anti-style. I didn't make it on the podium this year at Nationals, but I'm still very happy with my performance; I gave my best, the competition was fierce, and the routes hard.

For the National Open Ranking list, visit the CEC website (https://www.compseason.com/cec/rankings.php?cat=14).

Summer... for many athletes, it’s rest time which might include some leisurely climbing outdoors, or long-awaited climbing vacations to exotic places, but for others it means continued training for Worlds. My generous sponsor, the Boiler Room Climbing Gym in Kingston, ON is offering me a flight to France to compete in World events. Therefore, I decided to make Céüse in France my training ground and base camp for the summer!

More to come about the climbing in Céüse and the World Cup events soon :)

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