Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Team Reality Goes to Regional Climbing Championship

Team Reality, located at Reality Climbing in Tyrone, has had all 13 climbers qualify for the USA Climbing 2009 Southeast Regional Sport Climbing Championship! The competition will be held at Active Climbing in Athens Georgia on May 9th. The Southeast Region includes Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and South Carolina.

Team Reality finished the regular sport climbing season with competitions in Gainesville Florida, Charlotte North Carolina and Suwanee Georgia. The team competed in seven categories, Male Youth A, B, C and D, and Female Youth B, C and D.

The results of the three competitions respectfully were: Madison Altman (4th, 5th, 4th), MasAnne Fulmer (6th, 14th, 9th), Ryan Lowther (3rd, 2nd, 7th), Ben Mechelke (na, 6th, 11th), Andrew Nagy (7th, na, 9th), Billy Porter (2nd, 3rd, 2nd), Caleb Robertson (8th, na, 6th), Will Sport (5th, 6th, 11th), Carly Triana (4th, 16th, 10th), Ben Watson (2nd, 3rd, 5th), Victoria White (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Jessica Wurst (na, 11th, 6th) and Jonathan Wurst (5th, 6th, 12th).

The individual overall Regional standings going into the Championship are: 1st Billy Porter, Victoria White and Ben Watson, 2nd Ryan Lowther, 3rd Madison Altman and Will Sport, 4th Jonathan Wurst, 5th Caleb Robertson and Jessica Wurst, 7th Ben Mechelke and Carly Triana, 8th MasAnne Fulmer and Andrew Nagy.

The top six climbers in each category at the Southeast Regional Championship will be invited to compete at the 2009 Divisional Championship in Melbourne Florida on the 13th and 14th of June. The top six at the Divisional Championship will be invited to compete at the USA Climbing National Championship in Sandy Utah, 10-13 July. This is the largest rope climbing competition in the world. Last year Team Reality climbers Billy Porter and Victoria White competed at the Nationals and this year they want to go back again with more of their teammates.

This is an exciting time for these young athletes and their sport! Rock climbing became a college sport this year with 45 schools fielding teams in the Collegiate Climbing Series. USA Climbing is part of the International Federation of Sport Climbing and has been endorsed by the US and International Olympic committees, one of the steps needed to turn sport climbing into an Olympic event. The goal is to have sport climbing in the 2016 Olympics which means the timing is perfect for these climbers from an age standpoint. Follow the Team Reality climbers’ progress through the championships at Reality Climbing ( or at USA Climbing (
Photo L - R: MasAnne Fulmer, Andrew Nagi and Carly Triana
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