2018 & 2019 National Championships

The CEC is pleased to announce the dates for the 2018 & 2019 National Championships:

Youth Boulder Nationals February 17-19, 2018 February 16-18, 2019
Open Boulder Nationals March 3/4, 2018 March 2/3, 2019
Youth & Open Difficulty & Speed Nationals May 19-21, 2018 May 18-20, 2019

Call for Applications from Host Gyms
The CEC is now seeking applications from host gyms for these events.

The application deadline is September 14, 2017.

Selection announcements are expected to be made by October 1, 2017.
Please refer to the enclosed host gym attributes for further details.
For further information, please contact Tim Vince at cec.openteam@climbingcanada.ca

Host Gym Attributes

All Events:

  • Willing to work collaboratively with CEC officials during the organization/operation of the event
  • Willing to sign a written agreement with CEC that includes financial/administrative expectations
  • Must have strong working relationship with home PSO, and confirmed support from home PSO
  • Prior experience hosting large (100+ competitor) events
  • Sufficient amenities such as parking, washrooms, and volunteer areas for a large event


  • Sufficient bouldering terrain to accommodate 10 national level blocs running simultaneously
  • Continuous padding under wall, and sufficient holds/volumes for national level event
  • Large self-contained secondary bouldering/warm-up area


  • Sufficient route climbing terrain to accommodate 4 national level routes running simultaneously
  • Sufficient rope, draws, anchors for national level route competition
  • Large self-contained isolation/warm-up area


  • Proper IFSC style 10 m or 15 m speed wall with proper speed holds
  • Appropriate speed competition timer system
  • Prior experience running a high level (Provincial championship or above) speed event


2017 Banff Coaching Conference

The 2017 Banff Coaching Conference is back and ready for registration!
This conference is for – but not limited to – coaches of youth and adult climbing teams/programs. Gym owners and managers are also welcome to join.
Starting Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00pm with a reception, the following four days will be packed with a variety of sessions in classroom and in the gym, including (all subject to change):
  • the long term athlete development (LTAD) model being created for competition climbing
  • route setting for training athletes
  • speed climbing training
  • mental performance
  • strength and conditioning plans for the developing and open athlete
  • chronological age versus developmental age and how to train your athletes
  • periodization training programs
  • sport nutrition
  • injury prevention
  • creating, developing, and maintaining a winning culture for your climbing team
We are increasing the length of each topic/session so we can really get some work done on it. There will be slotted time that is just meant for incorporating the material learned into your climbing program.
You won’t want to miss these:
  • a private showing of select films from the touring Best of the Banff Mountain Film festival
  • nightly debriefs at Maclab Bistro, where the real discussions always occur
  • free yoga sessions
  • a trail running session around Banff Centre campus and Tunnel Mountain (weather be damned!)
  • our annual fun bouldering event
We have another great slate of presenters that have agreed to participate this year and more are being added:
  • Andrew Wilson, former head coach of the Canadian Youth National Climbing Team
  • Libor Hroza, top-ranked speed climber and coach from the Czech Republic
  • Alayne Hing, mental performance consultant with the Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary and current consultant with the youth national team
  • Steve Bechtel, certified strength & conditioning coach, founder of Climb Strong, and owner of Elemental Fitness in Lander, Wyoming
  • Dr. Jared Vagy, doctor of physiotherapy and author of Climb Injury Free
  • Kelly Drager, sport dietician at Canadian Sport Institute – Calgary
  • Tiffany Melius, personal life coach and owner of Force of Nature Coaching
$300 + GST per participant – early registration before August 31, 2017
$350 + GST per participant – registration after August 31, 2017
$300 + GST per participant for gyms registering two or more coaches at the same time
***NEW*** $150 + GST per participant for a one-day registration
Contact 403-762-6450 to register – payment in full is required at the time of registration
There will be rooms available at the Banff Centre during the conference at a small discounted price – details to come soon. If you are looking at booking elsewhere in the town, I highly recommend that you do this sooner than later. There are really no slow times in banff anymore so accommodations will be tight for the hotels. There will be camping and hostels available as well.
More information:
Contact Chris Neve by emailing at chris_neve@banffcentre.ca, or calling 403-762-7545.

Information Regarding Difficulty and Speed Nationals

1) The technical meeting for coaches and independents athletes will take place at 8 pm at Canyon Escalade on Friday May 19. Ontario coaches are asked to arrive at 7:30pm so that they can pick up their athlete bags (bibs, etc.)


2) Everyone must complete a gym waiver. Unfortunately it is not available to be completed electronically. The waiver may be handed in to the gym on Saturday morning when you register for the competition. A link to the waiver can be found here: https://www.canyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Decharge_CE1.pdf


3) The running order for the competitions (difficulty and speed) can be found on the FQME website:


4) The full schedule for the competition can be found on the Canyon Escalade website: https://www.canyonescalade.com/evenements-escalade/


5) All running orders and results will be posted on FQME website:


2017 OCF Board Elections

Below are introductions to the OCF members who are running for election to fill one of the four board positions coming open as of June 1, 2017.

Voting will take place between the qualifying routes during Difficulty provincials at The Junction. If you are an OCF member and are not able to attend the meeting, but would like to have your vote recorded, you can obtain a proxy access form here.

Please note that minors are not able to sign their own proxy access forms – such forms must be authorized by their guardian.


Lisa Gray

I have spent the last 16+ years working in software implementation in the financial industry. I have Board-level experience in the not-for profit sector, as both a Program Coordinator and Hosting Coordinator for CISV (Children’s International Summer Villages), a global organization which promotes peace through inter-cultural, international exchange and camp programs in several countries. For the past two years, I have been a judge at OCF youth competitions. As a parent of climbers, and a resident of Waterloo, ON, I would be a voice for the southwestern Ontario climbing community at the Board level. As well, with relatively new involvement (three years) in the climbing community, I could bring a fresh perspective to Board activities. My record of volunteerism over many years, my active involvement in and support of the climbing community and my sound communication, leadership and collaboration skills would be an asset to the OCF Board.


Shaun Hunter

Shaun started working in the climbing industry in 2005 at Toronto Climbing Academy where he began instructing youth in the recreational programs. In 2010 he moved to True North Climbing where he created the youth recreational program and competitive youth team which he is the head coach for, he later became the head route setter in 2013. In the competition scene, he has been involved countless times as a route setter, comp organizer, problem judge, and as an open competitor. In 2015 Shaun was named to the Canadian team as an assistant youth coach (an honour he declined for personal reasons), he also represented Canada at 4 World Cups in the 2015 season. As a route setter, he has helped set over 30 competitions from the provincial to the national level. Shaun has also been on the OCF board as the Secretary for the past 2 years.


Tyler Norton

I’ve been working in the climbing industry since 2011 as a gym manager, routesetter, coach, and event organizer at Climber’s Rock, and I’ve had the privilege of travelling around the world to visit other gyms, attend competitions and take part in clinics with world-class routesetters and coaches. Having witnesses the explosive growth of the sport first-hand, my focus is on creating new competitions that cater to specific audiences, ensuring a better competition experience for everyone. My first project was a bouldering competition for pre-competitive youth called Pebble Pull, and I hope to help the OCF improve Ontario’s capacity by implementing similar ideas province-wide.


Malek Taleb

I believe that my previous experience as a board member (I currently hold the position of parent liaison), as well as my 16 years of experience working in the climbing industry (currently as owner of the Boiler Room climbing gym) make me a great asset as a board member.

My involvement with competition climbing ranges from being an open competitor, a climbing coach for youth and open athletes, team manager for the Canadian National Team, route setter and competition organizer for local competitions at my climbing gym.


Sharon Vukojevic

I am a parent of 2 youth competitors who have been active in the OCF for several years. With both of our girls being in groups C and D, we intend to be involved for many years to come. I have been an active volunteer judge few a four years and would like to further support the OCF with a higher commitment of serving on the board as well.

In addition to judging at OCF local and provincial competitions, I have also judged at several National competitions (bouldering and difficulty), Tour De Bloc and at an IFSC World Cup event.

In the past 2 years, the Ontario Climbing Federation membership has grown exponentially, with no indication that this massive growth will slow down.  Now is the perfect opportunity to make the necessary changes needed to keep up with all the changes that are taking place in competitive climbing.

The number of climbing gyms in Ontario has exploded in the last year.  With this growth, it has brought new teams, coaches and route setters.  Climbing can no longer a considered a “grassroots” sport and is rapidly becoming mainstream.  With this, comes the need for athlete development, coaching certifications and training for route setters to allow our youth athletes to not just excel on the provincial level but to compete on the international stage as well. Without this evolution, the sport cannot grow to accommodate our athletes.

As the PSO for climbing within Ontario, our duty is to guide the sport, with further policy development, structured attainable goals, and generation of more “climbing community” involvement.

As we have already witnessed this season, unexpected departures of key personnel can have a significant impact within the OCF structure and place an additional strain on the limited resources of personnel available. I believe in the opportunity to elect new members to the board, and I intend to help move the OCF even further forward, with my experience and knowledge gained during the course of the last several years.

Thank you for the opportunity and consideration.


Difficulty Local at Boulderz

Please note our map below for competitor/parents/coaches for entry.
Carpool when possible as parking is limited based on the number of participants attending, especially for Sunday.
We would also recommend that you limit the number of spectators/parents attending due to this and the limited space in the facility.
We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to provide a great experience for our athletes and team families.
Regards, Boulderz Climbing Centre

Judging Clinic April 7th

There is a Difficulty Judging Clinic on Friday April 7th at 7pm at Boulderz West — 80 The East Mall Unit 9, Etobicoke which will be run by Barry Dykeman one of the OCF’s experienced Head Judges.

The clinic is for those new volunteers who would like to learn to judge — and hopefully able to help for the Boulderz Competition this weekend April 8th and April 9th—or any other competition as well. The clinic will run from 7-8:30pm. If you have already judged in the past and would like a “refresher” specifically for Difficulty you are also more than welcome to attend the clinic. Please email Lorraine Winger at volunteers@climbontario.ca if you would like to attend the clinic.