Saturday April 21. 2018 MONK Boulder gym in Rotterdam
Yesterday the National Youth Championships 2018 were held in Boulder gym MONK in Rotterdam. The athletes, divided in three age groups (Junior 17-18 yrs, A 15-16 yrs, B 13-14 yrs, C 11-12 yrs) and by gender, battled hard to obtain the champions title of the Netherlands. In the former factory hall located at the Ceintuurbaan a spectacular set of competition boulders had been built. Their difficulty turned out to be high, since some were only topped by 2 or 3 climbers!
The athletes had qualified for this national championship through their results in four preceding competitions in Groningen, The Hague, Enschede and Arnhem. Climbers that ranked 1 through 8 after these matches qualified to participate.
In the category “junior boys” Don van Laere was best (Jong Oranje, Team Delfts Bleau). Best “junior girls” was Julia Meijer (Jong Oranje, MONK Eindhoven). Best boys A: Jens de Louw (Jong Oranje, Team Mountain Network), best girls A: Pleun Frank (MONK Jeugd Amsterdam). Best boys B: Ynze Visser (Jong Oranje), best girls B: Lies van Raaij (Team Delfts Bleau), best boys C: Ferbe Verburg, best girls C: Noor Witte (Team Kids from the Block).
From the West Coast Climbing (WCC) team Paul Brand (boys B) and Lisa Klem (girls B) both were second best in their categories. Jouke Visser (boys C) won bronze! Hidde Bakker and Torben van Kolfschoten ended 6th and 8th respectively in the boys A group, with very tough competition from seasoned climbers Jens de Louw and Leto Cave.
This year the Dutch Climbing association (NKBV) introduced a team ranking competition, which was won by the West Coast Climbing team led by Jörg Franken. In the qualification competition the West Coast Climbers earned 1216 points. The MONK Eindhoven team (1169 pts) was second and Team Mountain Network third (1069 pts).