Youth world championships to be held in France in 2014
29 Jun 2013
Petra Klingler (center) won the youth Lead competition in Saas Grund in 2013
The 2014 World Youth Ice Climbing Championships will be held in France, the second country to host a youth event and a sign that interest in competitive ice climbing among young people continues to grow.
The decision by the UIAA Ice Climbing Commission earlier this month follows on the success of the inaugural Youth Ice Climbing World Championship event organized by the UIAA Youth Commission in 2013 in Saas Grund, Switzerland. Climbers from ten member federations participated in that event.
The French event takes places 7 – 8 February, 2014 in Champagny-en-Vanoise, followed by the European Youth Championship competition in Pontresina, Switzerland, said Urs Stoecker, president of the UIAA Ice Climbing Commission.
“The support of the youth is very important for the development of the sport,” said Stoecker. “The youth competitions are a perfect playfield for future champions to gain competition experience and a winner mentality.”
He said both venues provide a spectacular backdrop for the youth competitions.
Stoecker said the youth championships also encourage member federations to invest more in youth development, and plans are in place to increase the number of youth events in other countries such as the Czech Republic.
The UIAA - International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation ice climbing competitions are made possible with the generous support of Goldwin Korea, the official license partner of The North Face in Korea. The agreement involves a long-term commitment by the UIAA and Goldwin Korea to champion and develop the sport of competitive ice climbing.
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Tower in Champagny-en-Vanoise will be site of youth world championships (Photo: Lukasz Warzecha)