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Guidance on applications for discretionary selection in current exceptional circumstances

According to the CNZ Selection Policy an athlete wishing to be considered for New Zealand Team selection in 2022, but unable to compete, can apply to be considered for discretionary selection under exceptional circumstances. The selection policy sets out examples for reasons where exceptional circumstances will be considered. The inability to attend an event due to Covid-19 restrictions has been accepted as exceptional circumstances by Climbing New Zealand.  In all cases athletes wishing to be considered for selection under exceptional circumstances still need to apply to CNZ to be included in the selection process. You need to make your application to  as soon as possible with a Read More

2021/22 Season – Events Update

2021/22 La Sportiva Youth and Masters Bouldering Championships We remain committed to running this event as scheduled on the 30th and 31st of October in Queenstown. We appreciate that this will mean that some climbers will not be able to attend, however we have taken the view that we need to try and keep running events when we are able to and provide the opportunity for our athletes to compete. Unable to attend due to covid-19 restrictions or other circumstances? With the selection of New Zealand Team, we will do our best to follow our Selection Policy as it is Read More

Climbing New Zealand is seeking expressions of interest for our National Selection Panel

Climbing New Zealand – National Selection Panel Member We are seeking expressions of interest from suitability qualified individuals for a role on the National Selection Panel. The selection panel has 3 selectors and a CNZ appointed Convener who overseas the process on behave of Climbing New Zealand. The selection panel selects Youth, Open and Para teams and development squads, guided by the Selection Policy. The current selection policy is available here: https://www.climbing.nz/climbing-new-zealand-national-team-selection-policy/ Key attributes: A passion for the sport of Sport Climbing, and a desire for it to thrive and grow in New Zealand; Ability to work with young athletes Read More

La Sportiva becomes the major sponsor for Climbing New Zealand’s National Championship series

Climbing New Zealand is delighted to announce La Sportiva as our National Championship series title sponsor for the next 3 years. La Sportiva is an iconic climbing brand and it is fantastic to have their support and partnership as we look to the future and the growth in the Sport. Thanks to Matt Parrett and the Mountain Adventure team for working with us to make this reality. A few words from our new sponsor: La Sportiva and Mountain Adventure are super excited to be the naming sponsor for the next 3 years of the national Climbing Championship Series. La Sportiva Read More

Climbing New Zealand Strategic Plan

Climbing New Zealand is currently consulting on its draft Strategic Plan. The plan is currently out for review by our clubs and their members, as well as others in the broader climbing community. Feedback will be open until the end of September but please respond to me at any point. Richard WaldinPresident Climbing New Zealandwww.climbing.nz +64274972677

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 Read More

Sport Climbing at the Olympics is here!

Sport Climbing at the Olympics commences tomorrow eventing with the mens qualifications from 7.45pm. Women Quals are on Wednesday same time, with Mens finals from 8.25pm Thursday and Womens finals on Friday same time. Looks like all the events and disciplines are on SkyTV Tokyo channels live with climbing on different channels each night, with some channel changes between disciplines. Check out skytv for the details here. https://tvguide.sky.co.nz/ If you don’t already have access to SkySport here is some guidance as posted on our Facebook page. To make it even easier we’ve put the link for the once off Olympic Sky Sports pass in our Read More

Expression of interest for New Zealand Youth Team roles

Climbing New Zealand Youth Team Positions We are seeking expressions of interest for the following roles to support the 2022 New Zealand Youth Team:Youth Team Assistant CoachYouth Team PhysiotherapistYouth Team Manager Deadline for submissions 8th of August 2021. Email to The background and position descriptions are available here:

Climbing New Zealand July Newsletter

Olympic Games Debut The countdown is on, only a couple of weeks to go before Climbing debuts at the Olympics. While we have no New Zealand athlete competing this time around, we will all be watching the event with intense interest and follow the fortunes of our Oceania representatives, Tom O’Halloran and Oceania MacKenzie. Climbing runs from Tuesday the 3rd of August to Friday the 6th of August. All the information, starting lists and schedule and times are available off the IFSC website here:https://www.ifsc-climbing.org/index.php/olympic-games/tokyo-2020 If you are not sure about how the competition works for the Olympics, you can watch Read More