New Season Update – 2021/2022 Season

25th of August 2021. Updated 31/08/2021.

Season Kick Off

There is a lot of important information in this post, please ensure you make yourself and your parent or athlete familiar with it.

Covid-19 Impacts.

We are watching the government announcements closely to help guide decisions relating to our upcoming events.

It has been sad to see the cancellation of all the secondary schools events next week, as well as the AIMS games, both for the second year. These events are great opportunities for climbers across all ages to get an introduction to competitive climbing. The secondary schools event was full with 150 climbers registered.

At this point we are still planning to run the Open Bouldering Championships as scheduled on the 25th of September, we will make a further decision on Monday the 6th of September. We are also considering postponement date options and will be canvasing athletes for their thoughts.

Reminder about selection policy.

For athletes who are unable to attend NZ selection qualification events for any reason and wish to be considered for selection into the NZ Team in 2022, need to submit an application for discretionary selection. All requests must be in writing to .

For athletes to be eligible for selection to any development squad or New Zealand Team selection must be a member of a Climbing New Zealand member club.

Refer to our selection policy page for all up to date information. SELECTION POLICY.

Upcoming Events

Please refer to the event pages for the upcoming bouldering events.

Open Bouldering. Note that the timetable runs for around 10am until 9pm, with an early evening finals round.

Youth and Masters Bouldering. Note that all qualifiers on the Saturday and all finals on Sunday.

Lead and Para-climbing Championships. Confirmed for the 26th and 27th of February 2022 at Extreme Edge, Panmure.


Reminder about trophy engraving from last season (“20/21” being the year label) and please ensure you are able to return the trophies ahead of at the next season events. Please let your local club or Climbing New Zealand know if there are any issues. Also for those who won their category in the 20/21 season, did you receive the trophy for your grade ok? we had a couple of trophies missing at the events.

International events in 2022

While Climbing New Zealand has made no specific commitment to send athletes to international events in 2022, there are a range of exciting possibilities.

For open climbers

  • Oceania Event planned for New Caledonia in 2022 – probably room for up to 6-8 athletes per category.
  • World Cup events, limited to number set by IFSC. There may be a New Caledonian World Cup in event 2022 also.
  • Australian Open event – limited places

For Youth B, Youth A and Juniors

  • Oceania Event planned for New Caledonia in 2022 – probably room for up to 6-8 athletes per category.
  • Youth World Championships, USA, Limited places, 2-3 per category.
  • Australian Youth events. Limited places

For Youth C and Youth D

  • Australian and New Caledonia events are possible, with some restricted numbers.

For Para-climbers

World Cup events

Age Categorises for 2021/22 season

CNZ Age Categories for CNZ events (excluding schools events) between 1st of September 2021 and 30th April 2022 (2021/2022 season):

Masters – born during 1987 or earlier
Opens   –  born during 2006 or earlier (and must be at least 15 on the date of the event, applicable to the Open Bouldering event only)
Juniors – born during 2003/2004
Youth A – born during 2005/2006
Youth B – born during 2007/2008
Youth C – born during 2009/2010
Youth D – born during 2011 (or later)


We are please to welcome back our sponsors from last year Rab and The North Face. We have two new sponsors to announce so look out for an announcement after the 1st of September.

Kia kaha and stay safe.

Richard Waldin
Climbing New Zealand

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