The Africa Youth A qualification event for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 was held on Friday at the CityROCK climbing gym in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was the first Combined sport climbing competition in Africa.
Held at the largest climbing gym in Africa and with phenomenal route setting, the event fulfilled its promise of being a nail-biting competition between the top Youth A sport climbing athletes in South Africa. In the end, Angela Eckhardt and David Naudé topped the Combined podium after an entire day of continuous Bouldering, Lead and Speed climbing.
The first of its kind in Africa, the event marks the start of something new and exciting for sport climbing on the continent. More plans are being discussed to involve more athletes and host additional events in Africa in the near future.
Female Youth A Winners:
1. Gold Medalist: Angela Eckhardt
2. Silver Medalist: Hannah Sealy-Fisher
3. Bronze Medalist: Shanay Meintjes
Male Youth A Winners:
1. Gold Medalist: David Naudé
2. Silver Medalist: Christopher Cosser
3. Bronze Medalist: Mel Janse van Rensburg