North Vancouver Olympian Alannah Yip lifts sport climbing’s profile with online clinic in VIMFF event
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When Alannah Yip first started indoor climbing at age six, it was mostly a thing diehard rock climbers did during the winter months and kids did at birthday parties.
Now, provided the Tokyo 2020 Olympics go ahead as scheduled July 23 Aug. 8, sport climbing will be a part of the Games for the first time and Yip as well as fellow North Vancouverite Sean McColl will be there to represent Canada.
“I’m so excited to be able to represent Canada in the first Olympic Games for climbing. last year qualified her for Tokyo. “To be involved in that is just amazing. It’s hard to describe the feeling. I’m excited and nervous to represent my country, my sport on the world stage, on the Olympic stage.”
At the Olympics, climbers compete in speed climbing, bouldering and lead climbing in one day. Their scores are then aggregated for the final placing.
Yip’s coach Andrew Wilson said in an email it is hard to pinpoint Yip’s biggest attribute, but instead describes her as the whole package kind of athlete.
“Alannah has so many qualities that make her successful,” said Wilson. with a mechanical engineering degree specializing in mechatronics (think robots), but decided to put her engineering career on hold replica hermes bracelets mens
to train for the Summer Games and continue coaching other climbers.
Looking at her climbing career Yip, who won her first national title at age 12, says her engineering education has played an important role in her climb to the top.
“I think the way I approach climbing is in a very engineering type of way,” said Yip, who is sponsored by top Vancouver based outdoor clothing and gear supplier Arc’teryx.
“I’m a very logical, analytical person. I use that a lot to my advantage when I’m climbing.
“I think having a really solid understanding of physics helps me even breaking down movements and explaining them to other people. It definitely helps me when I am coaching,” added Yip, who coaches at Climb Base 5 North Vancouver.