Open/JR/A/B/C Difficulty Local at Gravity

REMINDER:  The 2nd OCF Local Difficulty Comp for Open/JR/A and B/C categories is next weekend at Gravity in Hamilton!

Saturday, March 23: Open, Junior and A athletes
Sunday, March 24: B and C athletes

Registration closes on Tuesday March 19th at 11:59 pm.  There are NO registrations accepted past the cut-off.

Important Details about Gravity Climbing Gym:

Location: 70 Frid St, Hamilton,ON
Waivers: Everyone entering the gym MUST sign a waiver, including spectators. Minors need their waivers filled out by their parent or legal guardian. Waivers can be found online here:


PROVISIONAL Schedules for both days:
7:30am Check In/Warm Up/Preview Videos
8:25am Judges Briefing and Route Assignment
8:40am Competitor’s Briefing
9:00am Qualifiers Start (Q1 & Q2 running simultaneously)
Iso for finals will open 1 hour after qualifiers are finished (approximately 12:30)
Iso will close 1 hour later
Finals will begin 30 mins after iso closes (approximately 3:00)

OFFICIAL Schedule and Running Orders will be posted on Wednesday, March 20th



OCF Difficulty Judging Clinic

Gravity is hosting an OCF Difficulty Judging Clinic on Monday, March 18th 2019.

Location: Gravity Climbing Gym
70 Frid Street
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4M4

Time: 6pm – 8pm (approx.)

This judging clinic is open to any interested member of the climbing community 14 years of age (second year B) or older.

Please contact Laura at to sign up.

In order to judge at an OCF competition you have had to participate in an OCF judging clinic.


Change in the OCF Board of Directors

Tyler Norton has stepped down from his position as Chair on the OCF Board of Directors. The Board has appointed Lorraine Winger as interim Chair in his place, for the remainder of his term which expires May 31st, 2019. We will operate with 6 Board members in the interim. We are seeking nominations for four board positions that are coming up for election this year.

The OCF Board is very appreciative of Tyler’s contributions to the board and the climbing community for the past several years.

Registration at YBN

Update for all COACHES travelling to Youth Boulder Nationals in Montreal this weekend:


The OCF Registrar (Davis Barton) will register all Ontario athletes during YBN Registration on Friday afternoon. She will be at Bloc Shop between 6:30 and 7:00pm (for the half hour before the Technical meeting) to distribute athlete bibs to Ontario Coaches. For any alternate arrangements, please contact Davis at


OCF Difficulty Local #1 for D and E is this Saturday, February 2nd!

Registration closes tomorrow, Tuesday January 29th at 11:59 pm. There are NO registrations accepted past the cut-off.


Important Details about Boulderz Climbing Gym:

Location: 80 The East Mall #9, Etobicoke, ON

Waivers: Everyone entering the gym MUST sign a waiver, including spectators. Minors need their waivers filled out by their parent or legal guardian. Here is the online child waiver and adult waiver.


Provisional Schedule:

6am – Gym opens
7:45am – E meeting & questions
8am -10:30am – E boys & girls climb
10:30am – D meeting & questions
10:45am -1:45pm – D boys & girls climb

Official Schedule and Running Orders will be posted on Wednesday.


Call for an Ontario representative to the CEC Coaching Committee

The CEC is asking each PSO for one individual to be part of the CEC coaching
committee. Serving a one year term, you will be instrumental in guiding the development of standards, clinics, and developmental pathways for climbing coaches in Canada.

We are looking for individuals who have expertise and experience in the
following areas:
• Coaching and instruction
• Coach education and mentorship
• Education program design and implementation
• Athlete development

Please submit a letter of interest with all relevant coaching experience (climbing or otherwise) to by 11:59pm EST, Wednesday January 30th.


Upcoming D & E Competition at Boulderz Etobicoke

We look forward to seeing Youth D & E athletes on February 2nd at Boulderz (Etobicoke) for the first Difficulty competition of the season! Please make sure to register by Tuesday, January 29th at 11:59 pm.
Late registrations will not be accepted.

Youth D/E Format: Modified scramble. Competitors climb four qualifier routes, in a
predetermined order, with two attempts on each route (time limit of 4 minutes per route).

Athletes can watch each other climb.  Competitors are scored points per hold. Score will take
attempts into account to help eliminate ties.
A final schedule and running orders will be posted next Wednesday after registration closes.

Provisional schedule:

6am – Gym opens
7:45am – E meeting & questions
8am-10:30am – E boys & girls climb
10:30am – D meeting &  questions
10:45am-1:45pm – D boys & girls climb

Difficulty Judging Clinic – Jan 26th – Boulderz, Etobicoke

**Update: Due to the possibility of hazardous driving conditions, the judging clinic has been rescheduled to the 26th**

Date: Saturday, January 19th Saturday, January 26th
Time: 10 am – 12 noon (approximately 2 hours)
Location: Boulderz Climbing Gym, 80 The East Mall, Unit 9, Etobicoke

The clinic will be facilitated by Sharon Vukojevic, one of the OCF Jury Presidents.

The clinic is for those volunteers who would like to learn to judge so you can help at our upcoming Difficulty competitions. If you have previously judged at OCF competitions and would like a “refresher” you are also invited to join the clinic.

Any competitive youth climber competing in second year B, A, Junior or Open category or, any student 14 and older is also welcome to attend the clinic. This is a great way to get your High School volunteer hours and help out the climbing community.

Please email Laura Nuesken at if you plan to attend or if you have any questions.

*** If you want to judge at any OCF boulder or difficulty competition, you must have attended an OCF judging clinic.***
*** You must have a current gym waiver to participate. ***


Bouldering Provincials Recap

Thanks to everyone –  volunteers, judges, route setters, competitors and spectators – for making Provincial Championships a great success. Thank you to Altitude Gym – Kanata for hosting.
Congratulations to all athletes who competed! Here are the podium results:

D Girls A Girls
1 CHI (NR) Jolie 1 GALLOWAY Riley
2 HARTLEY Annabelle 2 CHAPMAN Indiana
3 FRASER Adrienne 3 PASION Lestine
4 BRIGGS Graciela
A Boys
D Boys 1 SCHAEFER Faolan
1 GALLOWAY Jacob 2 LUND Jeppe Hjermind
2 CHAN Christian 3 GAMBLING Owen
JR Girls
C Girls 1 CARKNER Cat
1 BRIGGS Evangelina 2 EVANS Bea
2 HO Jacqueline 3 KARNIS Bronwen
JR Boys
C Boys 1 GILBERT David
1 CHI (NR) Augustine 2 AGRO Ben
2 SIMON (NR) Casey 3 ELLIS Manh
3 DERIMA (NR) Emmanuel
4 SETO Nathan Open Women
6 PHILLIPS Jonah 2 PIERCE Alexandra
B Girls
1 VUKOJEVIC Mateja Open Men
2 CHI (NR) Norah 1 SAFFERY Dylan
3 BARTON Natalie 2 TIUKUVAARA Samuel
4 PARK Sydney 3 THOMSON Hamish
B Boys
1 LEFF (NR) Isaac
4 TONNOS Benjamin
Note: The top 8 placed Ontario competitors (Canadian citizens) in each category will receive an invitation to compete at Nationals.
For competitors who are Foreign Nationals or non-residents of Ontario, please see the CEC website for eligibility rules and registration information.