Help Aboriginal Sport Climber, Orielle compete at Youth Worlds, China

Help Aboriginal Sport Climber, Orielle compete at Youth Worlds, China

Raised

$1,481.30

Goal

$13,750.00

Current Reality

My 2024 competition climbing achievements are far beyond my expectations. This weekend 4-5 May I competed in the Qld State Open A female Boulder Championships and came 1st in Qld. After placing 2nd in Australia for Youth Nationals in two climbing disciplines Boulder & Lead I was invited to apply for the Australian Team. My application was successful and I am going to compete at the World Youth Climbing Championships in Guiyang, China in August this year. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to represent Australia & my First Nations mob to compete overseas. And now raising funds is a priority to get the training I need and the costs covered to get there.


How My Rockclimbing journey started.

In Oct 2020 I started my rockclimbing journey on top rope at Urban Xtreme with my first coach Justin. In Jan 2022 I started competitive climbing and placed 2nd in Qld Youth C for top rope. I first started Boulder in Feb 2022 with coach Drue from 9 Degrees Enoggera. For the last 3 years I have competed at State and National level. Over this period I have trained in competitive squads with Urban Xtreme , Core, Urban Climb, and Bould Move. These coaches: Justin (UX), Drue ((D), Chris & Eve (Core), Lil & Zac (UC), Jacob (BM) and performance coaches Charlie Mazauric, Wei Cheih & Maneli Gharakhan have all contributed to the athlete I am today. In 2023 my National ranking in Youth B females in sportclimbing was in the top 10 ( Lead -6th; Boulder -8th). This year 2024 my Australian ranking is second in Boulder and Lead.


As the categories get higher the more skill level, strength and mindset resilience is required. And the more funds to keep up with coaching, climbing gym memberships, training, comp fees, interstate accommodation and flights and transport. 


My mum has helped raised money for myself and Torres Strait competitive climber Kyle and has organised some specific training events for Qld athletes interested to attend at really affordable prices. It’s our Aboriginal way that we don’t just help the self we help others and our community. 



Oceania Mackenzie is my inspiration and mentor. I have a few younger competitive climbers that I mentor too. It’s part of what my mum calls the Murri way to follow the laws of reciprocity and responsibility.


I am considered a young climber with only a few years experience. Each year I look back and watch my climbs and see how much I have grown and changed and how little I still know and how much there is to learn and develop as an elite athlete.



Sportclimbing Background

My dream is to compete on the world circuit and qualify for the 2032 Olympics. I have had a few setbacks here and there but they have all been important lessons in knowing how the competitive rules and regulations work and how to avoid injuries. And that Australia is still growing and learning. 


It is the most underfunded Olympic sport in Australia. We don’t have Olympic standard or even European standard facilities. Only more recently have we had interstate events with international level coaches and route setters.


The older youth who are serious are going overseas to train. I see this is something I have to seriously consider as well. I am very lucky to be a K2 Basecamp Ambassador and they help me out with La Sportiva climbing shoes and other climbing gear to get me competition ready. I am also an ambassador for Discovery Climbing and in the past they have assisted with Qld team fees and Nationals comp registration. I help K2 at events when I am available taking photos or interviewing athletes or checking on the younger female athletes in the breaks - that's usually a game of chasey.



It is an expensive sport - especially as you approach Youth A & Junior as your coaching expenses, interstate competitions, and training demands increase exponentially. To improve to an elite athlete level you need an elite level performance coach and access to high level facilities. This is a harder task in Qld where we do not have any 15 metre climbing walls and what few performance coaches we have live in Sydney. 


Consequently my parents have taken me on road trips to different Boulder gyms and Lead walls to gain diversity and experience. 


My mum helps bring performance coaches up to Qld for athletes to have access without breaking the bank. She has helped gain sponsorship for a few kids and always makes sure there is a balance of giving back. This is our Murri way.


My Climbing Coach’s

My coach Charlie Mazauric is leaving coaching whilst he goes away travelling with his wife but luckily whilst training in Sydney this Christmas gone Chieh Wei introduced me to performance coach Maneli Gharakhan who has left Iran and relocated permanently to Australia.


It makes a huge difference to be coached by a female. The journey with her gives me direct insight into the overseas competitive environment and what is is like to be a woman on the World circuit in a predominantly male driven sport - her training is hardcore and I love it.


Her advice to me has been to seek mentors and encourages seeking this well rounded professional development and specialised training. She also knows that attending more competitions builds the necessary resilience and experience to move into the world circuit. 


The funds raised through this sporting fund will be contributing to the following: 


Coaching: believe it or not finding a coach that can take you to an elite standard of climbing training in Australia is very hard to find and access. I travel a long distance to train with talented coaches but that is intermittent due to my parents financial situation. 


Competition: participation in State Boulder and Lead competitions is excellent preparation for Nationals and for my own growth as a competitor. My intention is to train in Japan at Ogikubo B-Pump for international experience and prepare for World Youth Championships in China in August.


Training: now that sport climbing is in the Olympics there is a definite trend for climbing gyms in Australia. Compared to the European, American and Asian climbing gyms Australia is still behind in purpose built high performance training facilities. Our generation of climbers need to have access to these type of facilities.


Upcoming Competitions

Qld State OPEN Lead Championship 15-16 June (Brisbane)

QLD State Lead Titles 17-18 August (Brisbane)

Youth World Climbing Championships 22-29 August (Guiyang, China)

NSW Open Boulder 7-8 Sept (Sydney)

QLD State Boulder Titles 13-15 Oct (Brisbane)

Nationals Open Boulder Championships 17-19 Nov (Perth)


I hope with your support I can go further in my sporting dreams and be a role model to other Aboriginal girls to believe in their dreams and never give up. 


Donations of any amount go a long way!



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