CNZ Event Updates

Covid-19 Impacts

Covid-19 continues to disrupt our daily lives and in recent weeks the impact on our planned events for 2020 has been substantial. I share your disappointment whether you are an athlete, parent, supporter, or volunteer. I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to prepare for events over the last 2-3 months as it seemed we were returning to normal. Please enjoy the climbing that you are able to do, support your clubs and your gyms, they need your support, be kind to yourselves and others. Kia Kaha.

CNZ Open Bouldering Championships – Postponed until 2021

The CNZ Open Bouldering Championships scheduled for 19th of September has been postponed until 2021. We are looking at dates from mid-February and will confirm the re-scheduled date as soon as possible. This decision was taken given the current restrictions in Auckland, the uncertainty about when group gathering limits will be relaxed and internal travel challenges and uncertainty generally. We are also trying to do the right thing in support of Gyms in these uncertain times.

We are also confirming that the CNZ Lead and Para Championships cancelled earlier this month and the Secondary Schools Championships cancelled earlier this week are not able to be re-scheduled in 2020.

CNZ Youth and Masters Bouldering Championship

We are still planning for the Youth and Masters Bouldering Championships for the 31st of October / 1st of November, at HangDog in Wellington. This event should be able to proceed provided the country is at level 2 with no regional travel restrictions and group gathering restrictions are set to 100.

New Season events and new age categories

The CNZ Open Bouldering Championships and the CNZ Youth and Masters Bouldering Championships are part of the new CNZ Competition season that now runs from September (2020) to April (2021). These events are qualifying events for New Zealand Team and Development Squad selections for 2021. A new season Lead and Para Championship event will also be scheduled in early 2021. For all these events the following age categories apply:

Masters – born during 1986 or earlier
Opens   –  born during 2005 or earlier
Para-climbers – born during 2005 or earlier
Juniors – born during 2002/2003
Youth A – born during 2004/2005
Youth B – born during 2006/2007
Youth C – born during 2008/2009
Youth D – born during 2010 (or later)

Thanks to sponsors

A shout out to our event sponsors, Rab and The North Face, and our media partners The New Zealand Sports Collective and SkySport Now for staying with us in these hard times. Please continue to support them for supporting us.

Richard Waldin
President, Climbing New Zealand
For Climbing New Zealand Management Committee

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