I've been climbing with Sarah for a few months now and I sometimes forget that she is an adaptive climber. She climbs just as hard as non-adaptive climbers, has good days and bad days like anyone else, and tries to get out to Arapiles as often as she can.
2022 is Sarah's year to shine at the IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup. However, the cost of travelling to these competitions is a major hurdle for herself and her Adaptive Climbing Victoria (ACV) team mates Minty, Russell, and Julie.
At Redpoint Climbing, we believe that #ClimbingIsForEverybody. We can't wait to see these legends represent Australia on the world stage. That's why for the month of May, we are donating our profits to the Adaptive Climbing Victoria (ACV) 2022 Paraclimbing Team World Cup Travel Fund. That means every purchase made by YOU in May will contribute to the training and travel costs required to get our athletes to:
- IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup - Salt Lake City, USA (May)
- IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup - Innsbruck, Austria (June)
- Paraclimbing Master - Imst, Austria (July)
- IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup - Villars, Switzerland (July)
Our athletes need our support and no one should have to do it on their own. So go on, stock up on chalk or invest in a new pair of all-day climbing shoes this month. Don't forget, all orders over $30 qualify for free shipping too (use code SHIPFREE at check out).
If you would rather make a direct tax deductible donation, you can do so at the Australian Sports Foundation ACV Team Page.
Meet the team!
- Araminta (Minty) McLennan – Born with cerebral palsy, Minty started climbing in 2018, and after competing for the first time in 2020, is excited to take the next steps toward her Paralympics dream by competing on the International World Cup circuit.
- Russell Harrison – Russell, an incomplete paraplegic since 2004, has been a member of the Australian Paraclimbing Team since 2019 and previously competed at the 2019 Paraclimbing World Championships. "Competition paraclimbing motivates me to set goals and continually aim to improve. I've discovered a fantastic community that until a few years ago, I never knew existed."
- Sarah Larcombe – A right leg below-knee amputee, Sarah is a keen outdoor climber, as well as the current Vic and NSW/ACT State Paraclimbing Champion. After two years of lockdowns Sarah is excited to finally have the opportunity to test herself on the world stage and represent the Australian paraclimbing community overseas.
- Julie Postma – Julie was diagnosed with MS at 19 and returned to climbing in 2019. In more recent times, Julie’s son has taken up the sport and the two can be found training together at various venues around Melbourne. Julie is looking forward to competing in the 2022 IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup series in the RP1 sport class.