About the project
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Sport Climbing will be included for the first time. There are only 20 male and 20 female spots globally available to climbers; and likely only one spot per gender available to Continental Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia combined). Competitive rockclimber Tiffany Melius' goal is to be that one woman. Most competitive climbers specialise in one discipline, but the Olympic format requires mastery of all three - lead, speed and bouldering. This will be a highly competitive and coveted position as climbing makes its Olympic debut, and with only two years to prepare for qualification, the race is on. Along the road to qualification are multiple international competitions requiring travel, accommodation, entry fees, not to mention training support back home - coaches, physiotherapy, sports psychology, massage etc. The Australian Institute of Sport does not provide any funding to climbers at this time. As one of the oldest athletes preparing for this opportunity, Tiffany is also one of the most experienced. As an ambassador of the climbing community, Tiffany has repeatedly shown her passion and integrity in being a shining example of what kind of athlete leaders climbing can produce. She has contributed to sporting infrastructure in both her resident countries (Australia and Canada), and "gives back" through athlete leadership and performance coaching. Having a mature athlete representing Australia in the inaugural year of Olympic Sport Climbing will set a high standard for all subsequent climbers, and provide inspiration to those who aspire to climb at that level. Her authentic nature, dedication to excellence, and personal integrity will inspire all Australians, climbers or not, to believe in, and stand behind, the Olympic dream.