Sunday, August 05, 2012

Bring a Bouldering World Cup to Toronto

A group of awesome volunteers is organizing for Toronto Hamilton to host a World Cup rock climbing competition, in June 2013.

They need your help!

IFSC World Cup 2013 Toronto

To secure placement on the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing)’s calendar, the organizing committee needs to put down $10,000 by August 25, 2012, at which point they can start connecting with corporate sponsors etc. for holding the event at Mel Lastman Square in North York in Hamilton.

$8,750 has already been raised.

As of right now, they’re ALMOST there. [Update Aug. 13: They hit it!] Just a little more will get things in motion. Perks like t-shirts, magazines, and even VIP seats to the event are being awarded for different levels of support.

For detailed information or to donate, check out the fundraising page on Indiegogo (funds can also be sent via the Alpine Club of Canada).

The organizing committee’s web site is at: Toronto World Cup. Luigi Montilla (the guy who runs the Tour de Bloc bouldering series) is the event organizer.

It’s going to be a phenomenal opportunity to see some of the world’s best climbers, live and up close. Probably about 100 competitors from 20 countries will be there. Short of attending the Olympics or another international sporting event, you simply won’t get this kind of opportunity to witness elite athletic performances like this.

Canadian Sean McColl takes 2nd in the 2012 World Cup in Vail
Photo courtesy of Heiko Wilhelm

What’s more, Canada will have representatives to cheer on -- hopefully including one or two locals... :)

Please spread the word to your climber friends -- on Twitter and Facebook, etc. Let’s bring a bouldering World Cup to Toronto in 2013!

See also
True North Climbing’s blog entry about the event