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Here’s everything you need to know about Australia’s 2024 Olympic Sport Climbing Team

The Olympic Games have long been a stage where new and exciting sports are introduced.

And one of the newer additions to the Olympic program is sport climbing, which made its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This dynamic and physically demanding sport includes three main disciplines: speed climbing, bouldering, and lead climbing. Each discipline tests different aspects of a climber’s abilities, from raw speed to problem-solving skills and endurance.

Speed climbing involves climbers racing against each other on a standardised route, aiming for the fastest time.

Bouldering requires climbers to solve complex climbing problems on shorter walls without ropes, emphasising technique and creativity.

And lead climbing challenges athletes to climb as high as possible on a wall within a fixed time, requiring a blend of strength, stamina, and strategic planning.

campbell harrison, one of the australian sport climbing representatives for this year's olympics

As the Paris 2024 Olympics approach, here’s what you need to know about Australia’s sport climbing team.

Will sport climbing be in the 2024 Olympics?

Yes. After debuting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, sport climbing will remain on the Olympic programme for Paris 2024.

Who’s on the Australian Olympics team for sport climbing this year?

Oceania Mackenzie, who competed in sport climbing at the 2020 Tokyo Games, is returning to represent Australia for women’s sport climbing this year.

Currently, Oceania is Australia’s top-ranked female sport climber across all disciplines – lead, speed and bouldering.

Along with Oceania, Campbell Harrison will represent Australia in men’s sport climbing, making his Olympic debut.

oceania mackenzie, one of the australian sport climbing representatives for this year's olympics

Campbell was hoping to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – he was Australia’s top-ranked climber at the time and on track for Tokyo selection.

However, Campbell’s sister was sadly diagnosed with breast cancer during the qualifying competition and because of COVID-19 lockdown border closures, he had to decide to either be with family or go and compete.

Ultimately, Campbell decided to go home and be with his family, pushing his Olympic dreams back to this year.

“It was a really, really hard decision that I took a long time to reconcile with,” Campbell said.

How is Australia doing at the Paris 2024 Olympics in sport climbing?

Watch this space for this year’s results.

How many Olympic medals has Australia won previously for sport climbing?

Australia has not won any medals for sport climbing; not too surprising as the sport only debuted in 2020 at the Tokyo Games. Both of Australia’s representatives, Tom O’Halloran and Oceania Mackenzie, placed within the Top 20 in their individual events that year though – Tom came 20th and Oceania came 19th.

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