NT Athlete Profiles “Part II”

Jul 29, 2020

CEC wishes to recognize the athletes selected for the 2020 National Team Program. Despite not having any 2020 results on the world stage, these athletes have accomplished so much to get were they are now. Their performance, passion, and dedication have unfortunately been shadowed by the pandemic. It’s time we recognize who they are, it’s time we celebrate their performance!

We will profile 4 athletes every week. Read about them and reach out to congratulate them on their selection on the 2020 National Team!

This week’s athletes are:

Indiana Chapman
Jaxson MacDonald
Paige Boklaschuk
Sean Faulkner 

Read Part I here


INDIANA CHAPMAN

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her
Home Gym: Boulder Parc, Scarborough, ON
Coach: Matthew Chapman
2019/20 Results: Lead WC Chamonix (her 1st ever senior event) – 90th, Lead WC Briancon – 67th, Lead Nationals – 3rd, Selection Camp – 1st, 2019 Lead NTP Rank – 4th

What disciplines do you compete in?
Lead, Boulder

What is your favorite discipline?
Lead, Boulder

What are your long term goals in sport climbing?
My long term competition goals in climbing, are to make semi-finals at a world cup (boulder and lead).

What one accomplishment are you the most proud of?
Placing 4th in bouldering, at the YWCH in 2017 and 2018

Who inspires you in climbing? Why?
One of my biggest inspirations in climbing is Anna Stöhr, because I love how positive she is about competitions. I also love how humble she is, being such an accomplished athlete.

Who inspires you in sport? Why?
Another inspiring athlete for me is pro surfer, Bethany Hamilton. She inspires me because despite the obstacles she has faced in her career, she never stopped believing she could and would accomplish her goals. Her hard-work and passion for her sport also inspires me, and reminds me to always have that same love and desire for climbing.

Who inspires you outside sport? Why?
Greta Thungberg is an inspiration for me because of all the change she has done for the world, especially at such a young age. If we could all adopt a piece of her motivation and passion, I think that the world would change in such a positive way.

What activities and interests do you have outside climbing?
My favourite activities to do are: singing/songwriting, playing guitar, doing yoga, hiking/walking, and swimming.

What is your motivational quote?
“I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.”” – Muhammad Ali. This quote is a constant reminder and motivator to work hard in training.

What message of hope would you share with our community in the mist of this pandemic?
I would like to remind people that there is ALWAYS something good that can come out of a bad situation; it’s just a matter of being willing to see it. I would also like to say that you are not alone during this time. The Lord goes before you, and behind you, and will not leave your side. Keep faith, and keep courage, my friends!


JAXSON MacDONALD

Preferred Pronoun: He/Him
Home Gym: Climb Base 5, Port Coquitlam, BC
Coach: Alannah Yip
2019/20 Results: OBN 2020 – 3rd, Selection Camp – 4th, 2020 Boulder NTP Rank – 5th

What disciplines do you compete in?
Lead, Speed, Boulder, Combined

What is your favorite discipline?
Boulder

What are your long term goals in sport climbing?
Making a World Cup final and making the Olympics.

What one accomplishment are you the most proud of?
Making podium at OBN.

Who inspires you in climbing? Why?
Tamoa Narasaki inspires me because I like his dynamic climbing style and he is one of the strongest combined climbers in the world

Who inspires you in sport? Why?
Sean McColl inspires me because he is the greatest Canadian climber in history and has achieved unbelievable success in the sport.

Who inspires you outside sport? Why?
Steve Gleason inspires me because he is one of the most amazing human beings in this planet and has done and still continues to provide unimaginable support and advancements towards the lives or people living with ALS.

What activities and interests do you have outside climbing?
Mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and trampoline

What is your motivational quote?
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” — Babe Ruth

What message of hope would you share with our community in the mist of this pandemic?
Life is hard but it always is, this is just another challenge that we must overcome. Connect with friends, enjoy the little things and continue to persevere because things will get better.


PAIGE BOKLASCHUK

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her
Home Gym: Bolder Climbing Community, Calgary, AB
Coach: Regan Kennedy and Josh Muller
2019/20 Results: Boulder WC Chongqing (her 1st ever senior event) – 43rd, Boulder WC Wujiang – 70th, OBN 2020 – 3rd, Selection Camp – 1st, 2020 Boulder NTP Rank – 2nd

What disciplines do you compete in?
Lead, Boulder

What is your favorite discipline?
Boulder

What are your long term goals in sport climbing?
Olympic Games.

What one accomplishment are you the most proud of?
Being on the podium at my first Open Bouldering Nationals 2019.

Who inspires you in climbing? Why?
I’m inspired the most by the community around me: my coaches, mentors, and friends. The people that I climb with constantly remind me how much more there is to learn. I’m also very grateful that I’ve been able to climb with amazing athletes such as Sean McColl, Alannah Yip, Petra Klingler, and Nina Williams. These are all athletes that I looked up to for my whole life and climbing with them made me realize how humble and genuine they all are.

Who inspires you in sport? Why?
I’m inspired a lot by Canadian Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser, one of the best female hockey players ever. She was a trailblazer in her sport and is now a great role model who is involved in a lot of academic and charity work. She also went to the same high school as me and was involved in the same university program that I will begin next year.

Who inspires you outside sport? Why?
I could not be where I am without my parents, who have supported my climbing for almost ten years. My dad has learned how to climb and judge so he can be involved in my climbing and my mom always sends me to competitions with confidence and my favourite foods. Musicians are also inspiration for me, especially Rihanna and Beyonce!

What activities and interests do you have outside climbing?
This year I will begin my BSc in Kinesiology at University of Calgary. I’m very interested in the human body and mind; I’m also currently taking my Yoga Teacher Training. In my free time I like to bake, go shopping with friends, and hang out with my dog Juno.

What is your motivational quote?
“When you shut down vulnerability you shut down opportunity.” -Brene Brown

What message of hope would you share with our community in the mist of this pandemic?
I hope our community takes this time to learn about themselves and come out on the other side with a deeper sense of appreciation for our bodies, our community, and nature.


SEAN FAULKNER 

Preferred Pronoun: He/Him
Home Gym: Momentum Climbing Utah
2019/20 Results: Lead WC Chamonix – 82nd, Lead WC Briancon – 57th, Lead Nationals – 4th, Selection Camp – 4th, 2019 Lead NTP Rank – 6th

What disciplines do you compete in?
Lead, Boulder

What is your favorite discipline?
Lead, Boulder

What are your long term goals in sport climbing?
I would like to climb 9a and continue to compete on the international circuit.

What one accomplishment are you the most proud of?
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Who inspires you in climbing? Why?
Keenan Takahashi. His approach to outdoor climbing and competition climbing is very methodical and calculated.

What activities and interests do you have outside climbing?
I love photography and hiking.

What is your motivational quote?
No matter how much experience you have, there’s always something new you can learn and room for improvement.  

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CEC has launched this week its first Para-Climbing Committee. The committee will work to establish a para-climbing program in Canada.

Curious about Para-Climbing? Education resources has been put together by the committee, and more is to follow. 
https://www.climbingcanada.ca/paraclimbing-program/

In the meantime, check out the @usaclimbing Para-Climbing Nationals this weekend! There will be livestream on Sunday.

One of the participants, Connor Gearey, is a dual USA/CAN citizen. Read about Connor on this bio by @dadley_can and cheer on Connor on Sunday!
https://www.climbingcanada.ca/connors-road-to-nationals/

CEC has launched this week its first Para-Climbing Committee. The committee will work to establish a para-climbing program in Canada.

Curious about Para-Climbing? Education resources has been put together by the committee, and more is to follow.
https://www.climbingcanada.ca/paraclimbing-program/

In the meantime, check out the @usaclimbing Para-Climbing Nationals this weekend! There will be livestream on Sunday.

One of the participants, Connor Gearey, is a dual USA/CAN citizen. Read about Connor on this bio by @dadley_can and cheer on Connor on Sunday!
https://www.climbingcanada.ca/connors-road-to-nationals/
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