Competitor Sophie Buitendyk climbs during the 2019 B.C. Boulder Provincials at Hive Climbing Fitness Surrey. (contributed photo: Nina Laflamme)

PHOTOS: ‘Amazing feats of strength’ in Surrey at B.C. Boulder Provincials

Hive facility in Bridgeview played host to around 200 competitors on Nov. 23-24

** This story has been updated

Close to 200 climbers were in Surrey for the B.C. Boulder Provincials last weekend (Nov. 23-24).

Athletes aged eight to 39 competed at the Surrey location of The Hive Climbing & Fitness, located in the Bridgeview area.

The competition was an opportunity for climbers to get their provincial ranking, to advance to nationals, and to see who’s the best in B.C., Kate Bell, an organizer of the event, said prior to the competition.

“We have nearly 200 athletes coming through the gym this weekend (so) it’s going to be busy and a lot of fun,” she said Friday. “We’ve hosted many such competitions at our first two locations but this is Hive Surrey’s first big sanctioned competition – always an exciting time.”

The Open Finals were open to spectators on Sunday (Nov. 24) from 6 to 8 p.m. – a chance to see “some amazing feats of strength, flexibility, and smarts, and see what the top climbers in the province can achieve under pressure,” Bell said.

• RELATED STORY: PHOTOS: ‘Bouldering’ climbers hit new Hive gym in Surrey, third in a chain.

The “bouldering” type of climbing is done without ropes.

“It’s a sub-genre of climbing,” explained BradBlackwell, the facility’s GM, when it opened in Surrey last April. “Most people are probably more familiar with top-rope climbing, where you’re kind of roped in, or sport climbing – same thing, you’re roped in. But bouldering is a different style, a little more focused on power and more varied types of movements. The fun thing is you can come do it on your own, you don’t need a climbing partner, the walls are always here. All you really need is a pair of shoes and a chalk bag, some motivation and you’re good to go.”

Full results from the Sport Climbing of B.C.’s boulder provincials held at Hive Climbing & Fitness Surrey on the weekend of Nov. 23-24:

Open Female:

1. Sophie Buitendyk

2. Sonya Colliander

3. Hannah Block

Open Male:

1. Guy McNamee

2. Brennan Doyle

3. Ivan Luo

Junior Female:

1. Brielle Zacharias

2. Megan Bokenfohr

3. Lola Rainovitch

Junior Male:

1. Guy McNamee

2. Kindar McNamee

3. Ben Newman

Youth C Female

1. Sloane Betker

2. Sienna Chow

3. Madeleine Anctil

Youth C Male:

1. Nathaniel Smith

2. Axl De Vries

3. Jack Nicholson

Youth D Female:

1. Avery Macdonald

2. Amari Bourbonnais

3. Payton Betker

Youth D Male:

1. Kalani Jones

2. Jack Vanderheide

3. Bruce Kong

Youth A Female:

1. Sonya Colliander

2. Lexi Binder

3. Emi Takashiba

Youth A Male:

1. Brennan Doyle

2. Victor Baudrand

3. Jaxson MacDonald

Youth B Female:

1. Caiya Taylor-Ainslie

2. Teagan Chow

3. Annabelle McDonald

Youth B Male:

1. Lucas Edmunds

2. Tanner Hoffman

3. Nolan Fielding

Posted below are more of Nina Laflamme’s photographs of the action.



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