Season Updates

Welcome to all New and Returning OCF Members. We are looking forward to the upcoming 2018/2019 Ontario Competitive Climbing season!



OCF memberships fees for 2018/2019 will be increased to $45 to cover our increased sanctioning fees to CEC.

Registration is now open for all Bouldering locals.

The 2018/2019 Competition Schedule is available here.


As per August 21st Facebook Post:

There will be no CEC Open National Series events this season. We await clarification of the selection process for Nationals from the CEC High Performance Committee.


Bouldering –  Format Changes

  • D/E categories will continue to be 8 problem modified scramble with 8 attempt max.
  • B/C categories will be ISO format qualifier round consisting of 5 problems, and no finals round.
  • JR/A and Open categories will be ISO format qualifier round consisting of 5 problems. Top 8 athletes in each category will advance to finals round consisting of 4 problems. Qualifier and finals will follow IFSC format. (This format may change pending changes in the CEC qualification process for Nationals.)


  • C/D/E locals will feature D/E categories on Saturday and C category on Sunday.
  • JR/A/B and Open locals will feature JR/A/Open qualifiers on Saturday, with B category qualifiers on Sunday followed by JR/A/Open finals later on Sunday.



The format will remain the same as the 2017/2018 series as follows with slight adjustments:

  • D/E will have a modified scramble consisting of 4 routes, each of which they can attempt twice. For the 2018/2019 season, D/E climbers will follow a running order to organize athletes more efficiently and their score will take attempts into account to help eliminate ties.
  • B/C and JR/A/Open will have a qualifier round consisting of two routes, followed by an on-sight format final round with one route.


  • D/E locals will be held on Saturdays.
  • B/C and JR/A/Open locals will feature JR/A/Open climbers on Saturday, and B/C climbers on Sunday.

2018/2019 Fees

In the interest of securing the best facilities to host our events, we have increased our competition registration fees. The majority of the registration fee is paid through to the host gym.


Bouldering Local D/E/C/B – $65

Bouldering Local JR/A/OPEN – $75

Bouldering Provincials – $100

Difficulty Local D/E – $65

Difficulty Local B/C JR/A/OPEN – $85

Difficulty Provincials – $125


Please Note: Website will be updated to reflect 2018/2019 changes by September 25th.



Call for Committee Members

Exciting Opportunity for the Upcoming 2018/2019 OCF Climbing Season


Are you interested in getting more involved and want to join the OCF Competition Committee?

We are still looking for a few more keen individuals to complete the team.

Please contact Lisa Gray at to express your interest and indicate any relevant experience.

Deadline for submission is Sunday September 23rd.


Events/Competition Committee Focus

  • Setting the series schedule including number of competitions and formats of competitions for each category
  • Preparing and sending out the gym hosting application package
  • Liaising with gyms to identify those venues willing to host events
  • Selecting the venues where competitions will be held
  • Organizing the video technician schedule for the series
  • Organizing non-technical volunteers including problem/route judges, belayers, timers, runners, iso monitors, iso registration desk hosts
  • Liaising with gyms in advance of competitions
  • Managing events


We will be looking for people for the following committees in the future.  If one of these is a better fit for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Technical Committee

Finance Committee

Communication Committee

Member Outreach committee


Judging Clinic at the Core

OCF Judging Clinic (combined bouldering and difficulty)

The OCF is happy to announce a pre-season Bouldering and Difficulty Judging Clinic for the upcoming competitive season (2018/2019).
The clinic will be facilitated by Stephanie Tabbert, one of our OCF Jury Presidents.

Date: Saturday, September 22nd 2018
Time: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Location: The Core Climbing Gym, 500 Jamieson Pkwy #1, Cambridge, ON N3C 0G5

The clinic is for those volunteers who would like to learn to judge Bouldering and Difficulty Climbing. It will be approximately 2 hours in length. 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, Junior and Open is also more than welcome to attend the clinic.
Please email Laura Nuesken at if you plan to attend or have any questions, so that we can keep track of numbers.

*** If you want to judge at any OCF boulder or difficulty competition, you must attend a judging clinic that the OCF offers or have attended a prior judging clinic run by the OCF.***

Provincial Jerseys!

We are excited to announce that for the 1st time, we will have Ontario jerseys available for athletes to wear at Nationals.

All Ontario athletes participating in Nationals will receive a jersey to acknowledge their achievement in making the Provincial team, but it is not mandatory to wear the jersey during the competition.

The jerseys will be distributed to the coaches at the Boulders Climbing Gym when they come to register their athletes on Friday night before Nationals.

We would like to give a big shout out to Boulderz who designed and funded the jerseys.  Thanks Boulderz!!


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2018 Canadian Lead and Speed National Championships

Registration is now open for Open/Youth Lead and Speed Nationals taking place at The Boulders in Central Saanich, BC from May 19 – 21, 2018.

Invitations to register were emailed directly to all eligible youth athletes (Junior, A, B, C) who qualified by placing top 8 in their category.

There is no qualification required to compete in the Speed competition. Anyone who plans to attend Nationals for this event only, please email to register.

There are no eligibility requirements for Open Nationals  so any athlete born in 2002 or earlier can register to compete in the Open category.


Reminder – Registration for Provincials

IMPORTANT REMINDER: The deadline to register for the OCF Provincial Youth Difficulty Championships and CEC Ontario National Series Difficulty Event is tomorrow night, April 17 at 11:59 p.m.

Any Open aged competitors wishing to have their results count in the CEC National Series portion of the event must purchase a CEC licence.


2018 AGM details and candidates for the Board


The Agenda for the AGM

Download (PDF, 9KB)

Minutes of Last year’s AGM

Download (PDF, 156KB)

OCF 2017/18 Annual Report

Download (PDF, 134KB)

Below are introductions to the OCF members who are running for election to fill one of the three (3) board positions coming open as of June 1, 2018.

Voting will take place between the qualifying routes during Difficulty provincials at True North Climbing. If you are an OCF member and are not able to attend the meeting, but would like to have your vote recorded, you can obtain a proxy authorization form here.

Please note that minors are not able to sign their own proxy authorization forms – such forms must be authorized by their guardian.

Davis Barton

I am an MBA graduate with over 17 years’ experience in marketing, operations and management roles. I am currently retired and now have the time to take on additional volunteer roles. I have Board-level experience in the not for profit sector, serving in various capacities (Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chair). Currently, I serve on the Board of my local gymnastics club where I am the parent of a competitive gymnast. I also have volunteer experience organizing competitions, events, volunteers and fundraising. I am relatively new to climbing, however I believe this would allow me to bring new perspectives to OCF discussions. As the mom of a Youth B climber, I would also bring a parent perspective to the Board. I would like to contribute to the climbing community in a more active way, and I believe serving on the OCF Board would be a good fit for my skills and experience.

Will Johnson

I have been an active climber in the Ontario climbing community since 1995 when I started at the Guelph Grotto. Since then I have taught introductory and technique lessons and climbed at various gyms in Ontario with a focus on training for and competing in local, national, and international competitions. In 2016 I represented Canada at IFSC Bouldering World Cups in Switzerland, Austria, India and USA and Moscow in April 2018. I was recently involved in the development and deployment of a new member registration system for the OCF ( and as a member of the OCF board I will do my very best to represent athletes, volunteers, parents, coaches and gym owners in all areas of Ontario climbing. I am an avid climbing photographer and can be found spending many evenings and weekends training with my teammates and friends at Joe Rockheads and Up The Bloc.

Laura Neusken

I am an engaged member of the climbing community in Southwestern Ontario and have worked at London’s Junction Climbing Centre for the previous 2 years. I am also a mother of two daughters who are youth competitors (C and B category) in their third and first competitive season. For the past year, I have been an active volunteer judge for the OCF. Although our family is relatively new to the sport, we have quickly developed a passion for it since we first discovered it three years ago. I would like to see the sport and its community advance strong, with solid foundations for future growth in light of climbings’ increasing popularity. For that reason, I would love to support and involve myself more with the OCF by becoming a member of the Board. My past engagements in community initiatives, include serving as a school council member, aiding as a foster parent for the local CAS and facilitating a weekly parent-toddler group. I am also a trained foreign language correspondent and have been the sole proprietor of a small side business for the past 6 years. Prior to moving to Canada in 2007, I had been heavily involved in the sport of kayaking in Germany, as a whitewater slalom competitor, coach, competition judge and volunteer. I also gained Board-level experience over the course of several election periods, as a member of the local Youth Kayaking Board as Treasurer, Secretary, Event-Coordinator and Vice-Chair. Although the sports of climbing and kayaking are very different from one another, they have many similarities when it comes to the challenges each sport faces. I believe that my knowledge and prior involvement with whitewater kayaking will be beneficial for the OCF in regards to the accommodation of the growing popularity of competition climbing and all the demands and logistics this entails. As it became apparent that climbing has now become just as important a part of my family’s live as kayaking used to be for me in the past, I have a vested interest in seeing competitive climbing continue to develop, as well as assisting the sport and its community to reach its fullest potential, both, for the benefit of existing and future generations of competitive climbers. I would be honoured to dedicate my time to the OCF to support our current and future athletes’ passion for climbing and I believe that my experience and involvement with the OCF, the climbing industry, community initiatives and governance will allow me to bring valuable skills and insights to the Board.