News 2014

Title: IFSC Bouldering World Championships
Type: Competition climbing
Date: 25/8/2014
System Date: 25/8/2014

The IFSC Bouldering World Championships took place at Munich Germany last week from Thursday to Friday. Mountaineering Ireland was represented at the competition by Dominic Burns, Juan O Raw, Daragh O Connor and Jono Redmond. The team was supported by Alice Duggan.

With over 110 competing in in the male category the climbers were divided into two qualifying groups. Dominic and Jono climbed in group 1. Daragh climbed in group 2. Due to a finger tendon injury and a groin strain Juan made the very hard decision to not compete.

Dominic put in an absolutely amazing performance to place 13th in his qualifying round. If Dominic had placed in the top ten of his qualifying group he would have made it through to the semi-final. In placing 13th in his qualifying group Dominic placed 27th overall. This result saw Dominic placed just four places behind Rustam Gelmanov who won the 2012 IFSC Bouldering World Cup and 12 places ahead of the 2014 British Boulder Champion Dave Barrans.

Jono was reasonably happy with his performance placing 73rd overall. In the second qualifying group Daragh battled with some of the world’s best competition climbers to place 91st overall. Both Jono and Daragh  felt that with a little bit more training and competition climbing experience that he could bring their results up significantly.  These strong performances from the three climbers gave a combined team ranking of 20th overall at the championships.

All these results bode very well for the future of our climbers at the very highest level of international climbing competitions. The next big international climbing competition for our climbers is the IFSC European Youth Bouldering Championships at Arco, Italy in early September. Mountaineering Ireland Youth Climbing Team Coach Terry O Connor will accompany a strong squad of four young climbers, Dominic Burns, Daragh O Connor, Eoin Acton and Jamie Rankin to this event.