Happy 2020!

With the new year already started its time to embrace what 2020 holds for each of us. It’s time to get in the driver’s seat and steer that bus by setting some goals for 2020. Michaela Kiersch, top female USA climber, explains her goal setting process nicely in this article.

What a crazy year was 2019. Just a quick recap from me.

ASCA Level 1 coach
Last June I became an ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association) accredited coach. I have been coaching Strength & Conditioning (S&C) now for over two years and it was super sweet to gain my Level 1 Coaching accreditation. If you don’t already know I run S&C classes in Sydney for my junior climbing squad and also run three weekly sessions in the Blue Mountains with training on how to use outdoor climbing ropes. I have a few spots available for the Thursday 5:30-6:30pm  session.

ACIA Single Pitch Guide
In September, my husband (Simon Carter) and I completed our training with the Australian Climbing Instructors Association and completed (and passed!) our Single Pitch Guide Certification. Woohoo! Obviously, these are invaluable skills to have for outdoor guiding and coaching.

SCA National Open Coach
For the last two years I am proud to have been the NSW State Coach and last October, I was selected to join Sport Climbing Australia’s (SCA) national coaching team as National Open Coach. I have been coaching climbing for over ten years and this has always been a dream of mine. I am very excited to join the team and to help prepare our athletes for State, National and International climbing events. Speaking of competitions our NSW States Titles are in February, yes next month so make sure you register with SCA to receive your competition information.

In other news I haven’t completely neglected my own climbing and, at the end of the year, was fortunate to spend a month at my favourite crag, Oliana in Spain. This is my happy place, I made new friends and caught up with others. Also managed to send one project, Crimptonite graded 32 (8b+), it was very crimpy.