Hills and Parramatta rock climbers off to nationals

Climbing to win: Jarrod Jordan and Bronte Austin may be national winners of the National League Climbing Championship by Sunday. Picture: Gene Ramirez.

Climbing to win: Jarrod Jordan and Bronte Austin may be national winners of the National League Climbing Championship by Sunday. Picture: Gene Ramirez.

Indoor rock climbers Bronte Austin and Jarrod Jordan are en route to Melbourne today to compete in the National League Climbing Championship.

Coach Chris McKibbins, who trains the youths at The Edge Rock Climbing Centre in Castle Hill, said the skill level of all competitors will be very high.

‘‘Rock climbing is very personal,’’ he said.

‘‘Sure, it would be nice for them to win but they don’t need to win to succeed at a goal of their own.’’

Baulkham Hills resident Bronte Austin, 15, is competing in the Youth D category for competitors aged 14 and 15 years.

She competed in the nationals twice before and said it’s always challenging.

‘‘I’ll try me best to win but I just want to give it a go and have fun with the experience of being there,’’ the Our Lady of Mercy College student said.

Jarrod Jordan, from Hornsby, is competing in the Youth A category for 16 and 17-year-olds.

‘‘I’m expecting not to goo too badly and hoping for second place,’’ he said.

Climbers will face two qualifying rounds before progressing to the final round in their category.

The competitors are given the climb route just before competing and are graded on how high they climb and how long it takes them.

Pick up next week’s News to see how Jordan and Bronte went at the National League Climbing Championship.

Both climbers will also compete in the 2014 Oceania Boulder Championships held as part of the Australian Climbing Festival in Katoomba on October 17-19.

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