About us

The purpose of the organisation is to promote and develop the sport of competitive climbing in New Zealand, and to organise and administer climbing events.

Climbing New Zealand (formerly New Zealand Sportclimbing Federation) is the National Body administering Sport Climbing in New Zealand. Climbing New Zealand is a proud member of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC)

New Zealand Competitions
Climbing New Zealand organises a calendar of indoor climbing events each year. The competition season generally starts in March with Regional Climbing Festivals around the country. These are fun ‘give it a go’ type events which all climbers are encouraged to enter.

These are followed by the National Cup Series, running from May to late September. The series is organised into Junior and Senior categories.

The Junior categories are:
Under 12
Under 14
Under 16
Under 18
Junior (U20)

The Senior categories are:
Masters (over 35 years of age).
Males and females compete separately.
There are up to four National competitions each year.

Results from the National Cup Series are used to calculate National Rankings.

In October each year Climbing New Zealand organises the New Zealand National Championships.

International Competitions
Climbing Competitions are organised throughout the world and at Senior level there is an annual World Cup Series.
There is also a World Youth Championships each year which Climbing New Zealand endeavours to send a team to.

The international calendar of international competitions can be found here: http://www.ifsc-climbing.org/

In recent years, teams from New Zealand and Australia have competed for the Oceania Cup. This event also determines the Oceania Champion in each Junior and Senior category.

New Zealand Youth Team
Selection of climbers for international events is made by the Climbing New Zealand. This is based on performance in national competitions and /or selection trials. Selection to represent New Zealand at the Youth World Championships is based on their potential to progress beyond the quarter finals.

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