Cowichan climbs past Stelly’s

Cowichan Secondary had more podium finishes than Stelly’s at the school's bouldering competition on May 10.

For the first time in the three years that Cowichan Secondary School’s climbing academy has been hosting a bouldering competition at École Mount Prevost, the school had more podium finishes than Island rival Stelly’s in the competition on May 10.

“It’s a credit to the climbing academy for the work they have been doing getting kids ready and prepared for events such as this,” academy organizer James Doyle said. “Overall, it was a fantastic day with multiple schools attending, and even one from the Mainland, which only shows the growth of the sport.”

Joining climbers from Cowichan Secondary and École Mount Prevost were athletes from École Cobble Hill and the Cowichan Valley Alternate School, as well as Stelly’s and Mennonite Educational Institute.

In the recreational female division, Drew Kuipers placed third, Samantha Johnson was fourth, Sofie Bloss fifth, Brooke Murray sixth,  Sjofna Weeks and Morgan Weeks tied for seventh, Taylor Monti-Mash eighth, Megan Lewis ninth and Rebecca Archibald 10th.

In recreational male, Solomon Faulkner was first, Lyndon Vandermark third, Colton Smith fourth, Jordan Penner and Kyle Worth tied for fifth, Tiegan McDevitt sixth and Frank Pon seventh.

In experienced female, Amber Tomlinson was second, Ashley Oud third, Avery Ward sixth, Kendall Stevens-Raymond seventh and Sally Martin-Damman eighth.

In experienced male, Oliver Castle finished first, Ben Millar second, Cole Chalmers second, Troy Cowan fifth, Hunter Winship sixth, Jaspar VanRijn and Carson Jewitt tied for eighth, Nigel Parsons ninth and Tyee Joseph 10th.

In advanced female, Charlotte Mackeil placed first and Keanni Whittmore second. In advanced male,

Ethan Fagan was first, Brennan Doyle (École Cobble Hill) third, Marc Platt fourth, and Keegan Wilson (CVAS) sixth.