Newfoundland and Labrador has its first competitive junior climbing team. The team is sanctioned by the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) through its Newfoundland and Labrador Section and competes in CEC events across Canada.

The team consists of male and female athletes between the ages from 7 to 17 coached by internationally experienced climbers Ben Winstanley and Joel Harvie and train at the Wallnuts Climbing Centre in St. John’s. They compete in various internationally recognized Under 17 categories.

Climbing sports are booming internationally and this province is no different. The governing body is the International Federation of Sport Climbing and is officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

As an extremely demanding competitive and recreation sport, athletes test their individual physical, mental and technical skills and abilities to the limits in many diverse and challenging environments from the man-made indoor climbing facility to the natural rock formations of the Newfoundland outdoors.

Competitive climbing sees athletes assess and execute a designated climbing route or course earning points for how far they succeed in the task in an allotted time. No two courses are ever the same. Lead rope, bouldering and speed climbing are some of the events you will find in competitive sport climbing.

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All sports teams in Newfoundland and Labrador know that to excel and compete on a national level you have to travel to regional and national competitions. This requires a major financial commitment. We would like to thank all our donors and especially our corporate sponsors, The Outfitters and Wallnuts Climbing Centre for their contributions and ongoing support in our efforts to travel to 3-4 competitions per year.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting new sport and Newfoundland and Labrador’s first competitive sport climbing team through donation or corporate sponsorship please contact Heather Elliott at to find out being a part of our team can help your business. Be the first!


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The Newfoundland Junior Climbing team invites you to all our competitions and events and are available for media interviews and demonstrations at any time. Please contact Greg Locke at or 709-749-4717 to arrange interviews or get up to date information about the team.

You can also find out more about team activities on the Alpine Club of Canada Newfoundland Section FaceBook page.

We have photos and video available on request to news organizations.

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You can find out more about sport climbing at these websites:
International Federation of Sport Climbing
Climbing Escalade Canada

Please contact any of the following for further information, sponsorship opportunities, interviews or media materials,

Erin Boyd, Head Coach

Ben Winstanly, Technical CoachFB-Climbing-Manuals-DSCF0657

Brittany Ess, Tactical Coach

Greg Locke, Media Services