Tiba Vroom convincingly makes it to the finals at the Bouldering Nationals 2018

photo by Vincent Lee Photography

Last Saturday, July 7th, the National Championships Boulder 2018 were organised in the Apollohall in Amsterdam. Fifteen women and twelve men qualified through their results at the national qualification competitions. West Coast PRO climber and member of the National Youth team Tiba Vroom (18) who has been attending some World Cup tournaments during the last couple of months, was eager to find out how she compared to her Dutch peers. In the semi-finals she climbed strongly and self-confident, topped all four problems, and qualified for the finals in the third place. In the evening the finals took place. The routebuilders had done an excellent job and had prepared 4 challenging routes for both women and men. Until the third problem Tiba’s results equaled those of her largest competitors Julia Meijer and Vera Zijlstra. At the third problem Tiba unfortunately could not hold on to the end-hold long enough, thereby losing her potential podium position. “I became frustrated and did not take the time to analyse the fourth problem enough” said Tiba afterwards. She ended fourth. It is generally known that it is always difficult to make the transition from youth to adults. For Tiba it is a good result to build upon the coming year! Well done!