Arnold Schwarzenegger had this to say when he visited the Bouldering wall: “Sport Climbing is a sport that requires full body conditioning, flexibility and strength”. He was impressed with the climbing ability as a problem was demonstrated to him.
Sport Climbing was introduced to the International Arnold Classic by Sport Unplugged, the South African National Climbing Federation (SANCF) and Gauteng Climbing for the first time in Johannesburg South Africa at the Arnold Classic Africa from the 6th to 8th, May 2017.
The Inaugural 2017 Sport Unplugged Arnold Trifecta Climbing Competition on Saturday consisted of competing on three Boulders, a Dyno Comp and a problem on the MOON Board. The Dyno Comp proved to be a favourite with the crowd and the MOON Board gave the athletes and the public climbs of hard core finger strength requiring technique. Whilst showcasing the sport, four of the routes were made easy for the public to experience first-hand the fun, thrill, strength and flexibility of Sport Climbing.
George Stainton, founder of Sport Unplugged, said that he was blown away with the success of showcasing the sport to the public and, as Sport Climbing is now at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, he sees the sport growing from strength to strength.