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Competition season is upon us. Wait! Don’t run….

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A local competition is taking place at your gym, you

  1. Avoid the gym like the plague, too many people, and most likely you’ll be beat by a 12 year old. Better to head anywhere else that day.
  2. See who is registering before deciding to register yourself, after all, there’s no point signing up unless you are guaranteed to win.
  3. Eagerly sign up but ignore the grade categories and sign up in a category that you believe will suit you best, usually one category under your actual ability; after all, there’s no point in signing up in a category in which you are sure you won’t do well.
  4. Print the registration, fill it out, look at it from time to time, contemplate submitting the form, but in the end justify that “you wouldn’t have won, anyway” and walk away from the opportunity.
  5. See the advertisement, decide that the event is for “someone else (not you)” and promptly move on with your life. If you happen to show up at the gym on the day of the competition, you will be surprised that an event is taking place and probably leave.

Do any of these sound familiar to you? If so, you aren’t alone.

Audrey Competing

Audrey Competing

As a recent World Cup Competitor, I have seen indoor climbing competitions not get the same adult attendance as other countries, including Canada.   I’m writing to tell you why we should change this and what’s in it for you.

USA Climbing is working hard to get our sport into the Olympics.  They are already recognized by the IFSC, USOC, and the IOC as the National Governing Body for all disciplines of competitive climbing in the United States. One of the next steps is increasing our membership base to show that competition climbing is growing and has a strong foundation. So, what’s in it for you?

Other than the opportunity to have competition climbing represented as an Olympic sport…there is a lot to be gained by participating in competitions. You’ll learn something about yourself, you’ll learn something by watching other climbers, and you’ll develop three important skills: personal accomplishment,
performance under pressure/increased mental stamina, and the opportunity to have a great time with people of all ages doing the one thing we all love:
climbing.

I wasn’t always a competition climber and when I started, I was challenged much the same way I imagine most adults are today. For instance, I’ve been historically the oldest competitor in my field, competing against people more than half my age. It’s scary to put yourself out there and be willing to succeed or fail regardless of who is in your category. But, your presence can help make a difference for competition climbing in the future. If you are thinking about participating in a local competition and have any questions about the benefits of competing, competition strategy or whatever, I can help.

Visit the USA Climbing site to see what is happening near you.

Written by Audrey

October 12th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

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