9 & 10 Jun 2001
The first event for 2001
season was held
in Rotorua and it was a resounding successful. With a 25% increase in
competitor numbers from the previous year the event organisers (The
Wall) are very pleased. The management of The Wall would like to thank
competitors, spectators and support staff for their contribution toward
the success of the event.
The series of climbing competitions
is run throughout New Zealand, with events during 2001 season being run in Auckland,
and two further still to be decided.
With the two top men from 2000, Philip
Sage and Scott Mooney climbing overseas, the mens’ competition was
fought out by Andrew Trotter (team crimper) and Martyn Owen (The
Wall) – Auckland and Rotorua respectively. With Andrew Trotter
winning, after a technical incident ruled Owens’ attempt on the final
The female competition was a tussle
between Emma Hawke (team crimper),
and the 2000 National Champion, Imogen Restall (Birkenhead Leisure
Centre). With Hawke leading after the semi final round it was left to
Restall to put in the extra effort, and the result went her way in an
extremely close final.