Pinnacle Sports believes in the importance of encouraging the growth and preservation of the climbing community. One way we can do that is to promote the establishment of climbing as a mainstream sport, which will hopefully lead to issues such as access and sustainability receiving greater attention.
A mainstream sport needs a healthy competitive scene and a healthy competitive scene needs competitive athletes! We believe that giving talented individuals the opportunity to excel is one of the most important ingredients in the growth of any sport. By sponsoring hard-working and gifted climbers, who share the same values as Pinnacle Sports and the wider climbing community, we aim to promote the development of deserving individuals and the sport itself.
We are proud to sponsor three excellent climbers in Lucy, Tiffany, and Flora. They are all impressive climbers who have achieved high levels of success competitively, with appearances in domestic and international competitions. In addition to their competitive excellence, they are all wonderful individuals and great ambassadors for the climbing community.
In addition to sponsoring competitive athletes, we also love supporting climbers who contribute to the community in other ways. To that end, we are supporting Josh Worley as he undergoes his year-long "Vertical Year" project in order to raise money for two charities. We believe this project is a wonderful initiative that will both benefit the climbing community as well as promote a greater good.
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Lucy has been a member of the Pinnacle Sports Team since 2011 and has since become one of the biggest names in the Australian climbing scene today.
She has been climbing for as long as she can remember but began to really focus on the sport aspect during high school. She drew on her background in gymnastics to help develop her skills as a climber and eventually she found herself competing at a national level.
During her first national competition, she realised that it was possible to compete at an international level and that has been her focus ever since, with the ultimate dream being to represent Australia at the 2020 Olympics. She is well on her way to achieving this goal, having been crowned Australian Lead Climbing Champion in 2014 and 2016, Oceanic Lead Climbing Champion in 2013 and 2016, and representing Australia internationally in multiple World Cups.
Tiffany joined the Pinnacle Sports team in 2016. Born and raised in Brisbane, she now lives and climbs in North Vancouver, Canada.
Since a young age, her passion for success and her willingness to put in hard work has manifested itself both academically and through extra-curricular activities. At 14, her interest in gymnastics waning, she searched for a new sport to engage with and became hooked on rock climbing. Within three months she was entering competitions and has since gone on to represent Australia in the Asian X-Games in 2004 and multiple Bouldering World Cups.
In addition to climbing at a competitive level, Tiffany is a non-profit leader and a life coach. She is currently working on bringing the principles of life coaching into climber athlete development, facilitating workshops and speaking at conferences for climbing coaches.
Photo by Set In Stone Photography
Flora grew up climbing everything around her, from trees and door frames to the ceilings of buses and trains. When she discovered sport climbing in primary school she felt as though she was “coming home” and began regularly climbing both indoors and outdoors.
It didn’t take long for her to start competing and she has already claimed the Queensland Youth B Championships for both lead climbing and bouldering. She has her eyes on the national stage and is aiming to achieve a national podium in the coming year with the ultimate goal being to represent Australia at the World Youth Championships and climb alongside her climbing heroes.
She loves travelling and exploring new crags and has had a taste of international climbing already on a recent trip to Thailand. Climbing isn’t her only passion, however: she also enjoys art (particularly photography) and is kept busy with school work, flipping burgers, and coaching young climbers.
Flora is the newest member of the Pinnacle team, joining us in 2017, and we are excited to be a part of her climbing journey from such an early stage!
Josh was always climbing growing up in regional Queensland however wasn’t formally climbing outdoors until a trip to Thailand in 2007 when he was 19. Six years later whilst in Switzerland, Josh experienced an ‘awakening’ when he was first introduced to alpine climbing amongst glaciated peaks and has been dedicated to developing the skills and capability to climb technical routes in the world’s alpine environments ever since.
In 2018 Josh will embark on the journey of a lifetime on his personal project, the ‘Vertical Year’. He will set out to climb classic and inspiring routes in iconic destinations around the world whilst aiming to raise more than $100,000 for two incredible charities – the Climate Council and ReachOut Australia. The Vertical Year will cover a diverse range of climbing styles and environments including ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies, summiting 6000m peaks in the Andes, big wall rock climbing in U.S.A, summer alpine routes in New Zealand and of course, lots of rock climbing.
Note – 100% of funds go direct to the two charities. Josh does not take a cut or percentage to finance the project.