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USA Climbing Celebrates Youth Athletes

At the end of every season, USA Climbing recognizes athletes who have competed in a Youth National Championships every year for at least nine years from the Youth D category (11 years-old) to the Junior category (19 years-old).

Please join USA Climbing in honoring the athletes below:

Lauren Bair – Flower Mound, TX
Griffin Barros-King – Sylvania, OH
Yael Gitman-Schulte – Sandy Springs, GA
Joe Goodacre – Denver, CO
Clay Gordon – Scottsdale, AZ
Natalia Grossman – Boulder, CO
Arabella Jariel – Denville, NJ
Gabrielle Lampner – Chandler, AZ
Sam McQueen – Sunnyvale, CA
Ariana O’Brien – Boulder, CO
Ellery Osborne – Dallas, TX
Victoria Siegel – Portland, OR

A slideshow of athlete images can be found here. 

Beyond the 12 athletes identified above, USA Climbing celebrates all of the athletes who are moving out of USA Climbing’s youth categories. In total, 612 climbers have finished their last year of Junior eligibility. The full list of athletes can be found here.



USA Climbing is proud to introduce our Annual Awards and Recognition Program. These awards are designed to honor individuals, teams, facilities, and events that stand out in the USA Climbing Community each year. Honorees are selected in several categories through a nomination process. Please click the award link to find the recipient requirements and begin the award nomination process. All applications will be reviewed by a national selection panel.

The following award applications are open for nominations and due August 20, 2020:

Athlete of the Year
This award is for USA Climbing Competitive, Para-climbing, collegiate and/or Introductory members that has been an outstanding teammate to their peers during the 2019-2020 season. Awards will be given in three categories: competitive/introductory athletes, collegiate athletes, and para-climbing athletes.

Teammate of the Year
This award is for USA Climbing Competitive, Para-climbing, collegiate  and/or Introductory members that has been an outstanding athletes during the 2019-2020 season. While results certainly can factor into their standing for this award, other things such as competitive improvement, event attendance, etc. can be considered. Awards will be given in three categories: competitive/introductory athletes, collegiate athletes, and para-climbing athletes.

Team of the Year
This award is for USA Climbing teams that have exhibited excellence in the 2019-2020 season.

Coach of the Year
This award is for USA Climbing Level 1 or 2 Coach members that have exhibited excellence in coaching during the 2019-2020 season.

Routesetter of the Year
This award is for Level 1-5 USA Climbing Routesetter members that have exhibited excellence in routesetting during the 2019-2020 season.

Volunteer of the Year
This award is for local, regional, and national volunteers that have gone above and beyond in their climbing community.

Distinguished Service Award
This award is for individuals that have provided service, leadership, and inspiration to the USA Climbing community. Nominees should have exhibited a commitment to the advancement of climbing in the United States. Multiple recipients can receive this award.

 Gym/Facility of the Year
This award is for USA Climbing Gym Members that have exhibited excellence in the 2019-2020 season.

Event of the Year
This award is for USA Climbing sanctioned events hosted by a Gym/Team that have hosted a local, regional, or divisional event during the 2019-2020 season.

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