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Team Climb Asia

Team Climb Asia is made up of passionate local climbers who have dedicated a large part of their lives training and seeking greater achievements in the climbing scene. Their climbing experience stretch far and wide and as such they are also actively giving back to the climbing community of Singapore by coaching. Follow their climbing adventures and training tips on social with the hashtag - #TeamClimbAsia

 

Aaron Tan

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Sponsored Brands: La Sportiva, Metolius, Giga-Bite

“My goal (for the near future) is to represent Singapore in the 2020 Olympics should climbing be included in the Games.”

Aaron picked up climbing at the recommendation of his good childhood friend, who was into the sport at the time. What started out as a CCA in junior college quickly became more than just that; climbing turned into a lifestyle for Aaron (or perhaps an obsession would be a better term). He has since risen to become one of the top climbers in Singapore and has represented the nation in multiple international competitions since 2014. Aaron has also spent a considerable amount of time living the dirtbag climber lifestyle in the forests of France and Spain. He feels that although competitions are important to climbing in Singapore, getting on some fresh rock is more important because it is the very essence of climbing.

(photo credit: Ashley Tong)

 

Lynnette Koh

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Sponsored Brands: Evolv, Ocùn, BlueWater, Giga-Bite


“Nothing can beat that feeling when you’re out there at the top mesmerised by the view as you catch your breath and feel amazed at the route you have just completed.”


Lynnette started climbing in mid-2008 and her passion for the sport has only grown since then. Lynnette has always been known to be a lead climber. However she still enjoys bouldering and cranking in the gym together with the whole climbing community. She is a member of the National Team and recently represented Singapore at the Asian Climbing Championships in 2015. Lynnette may be the youngest in Team Climb Asia right now but she hopes that one day she’ll be able to achieve as much as the other Team Climb Asia athletes. Besides aspiring to be a role model for younger climbers to work towards their goals in the climbing scene, she also hopes to explore the world and climb everywhere possible.

 

Xu Liting

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Sponsored Brands: Ocùn, Giga-Bite 



“I push myself to the limits every climbing session, preparing myself to climb hard outdoors!”


Liting first started climbing at 14 when she was at Raffles Girls’ School. Thereafter, she took a 5-year break from climbing and returned to climb competitively only in 2009. Since then, she has won every local boulder competitions at least once. In 2014, she clinched 2nd place at the IFSC Oceania and Australian Bouldering Championships. Nevertheless, the true joy of climbing for her is going outdoors and climbing on the natural rock formations. Her most memorable experience yet was a bouldering trip to Bishop, USA, in 2014, where she became the first Singaporean woman to climb a V11 grade. The trips outdoors gave her a different perspective to the world of climbing. She strives to get better in the sport so that she can inspire the young climbers in Singapore to get out and climb on rocks.

 

Beatrix Chong

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Sponsored Brands: Ocùn, Giga-Bite


“Competing is addictive. Once you start, it’s hard to stop. And I love how it changes my lifestyle, keeping me fit.”


Beatrix is a legend in the local climbing scene. She started climbing in 2000 and was invited to join the national team shortly after. Known to be a powerful and dynamic climber, Beatrix dominated many local and overseas competitions. In 2005, she was the overall boulder champion in South-East Asia. The following year was the best year for her when she brought back 5 gold medals from the South-east Asia circuit and 2 silvers in the Asian X-games and Asian Championships. Locally, she exerted her dominance by winning NTU Pumpfest 5 years in a row. Beatrix is still the only athlete in Team Singapore to have won medals in bouldering events on a continental level. 

 

Haroz Foo Xiu Quan

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Sponsored Brands: Ocùn, Dragon Climber, Giga-Bite


“Climbing has a life of its own, it has its own scent and it made me feel alive. I’m happy to be part of a sport that allows me to meet so many great people! I’m glad that I’ve found this passion.”

Xiu Quan, better known as Haroz, started climbing at 13. Since the day he experienced climbing, he knew that his life would never be the same. It was love at first sight. Recognised as a youth climbing extraordinaire, Xiu Quan was seen on the podium countless times during his stint as a youth competitor. Within 3 years of climbing, Haroz onsighted 7c+/5.13a climbing routes. In 2006, he hit the grade of 8a+/ 5.13c. The following year, he was on the podium for the Asian Youth Championships and the floodgates of success were opened ever since. In 2010, Xiu Quan was at the top of his game, finishing in the top 3 for all eight climbing and bouldering competitions in Singapore, and was eventually crowned the overall Champion for the Singapore Bouldering League.

 

Nicholas Lee

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Sponsored brands: La Sportiva, Moon Climbing


“I love the satisfaction of completing the route after fighting so hard on it.”


Nicholas' climbing career started in 2008, coached by one of Singapore’s best climbers at Tampines Junior College. Intensely passionate about competitions, he rose quickly through the ranks to reach the Open category finals in 2011. Known for his natural climbing finesse, he constantly strives to refine his movements and technique to the highest standard. With a disciplined training philosophy, he hopes to compete in the Bouldering World Cup in the future. Aside from competitions, he also wants to contribute to the local climbing scene using his sports science and fitness knowledge.

  

Tan Shi Hui

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Sponsored Brands: Ocùn, Giga-Bite


“It's not the difficulty of the route we climb but the amount of effort needed when doing it.”


Shi Hui started climbing in 2009 in Temasek Polytechnic. She joined the national youth team after only 2 years of climbing and joined competitions in the open category within 3 years. As a climbing enthusiast, she has been on rock trips to Kuala Lumpur, Krabi, Switzerland and Spain. At the competition stage, it's tough to miss Shi Hui on the wall due to her deliberate mismatch choice of colours and that carpet hair of hers. She always competes with one motto - join for the experience, winning is a bonus. This is also her teaching philosophy when it comes to coaching.

(photo credit: Sarah Liew)

 

Marcus Yeo

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Sponsored Brands: La Sportiva


I am constantly on the lookout for ways that I can improve myself as a climber and a person, both of which being very interlinked. Climbing has become an integral part of my life and I am very excited about what it has in store for me.


Marcus was introduced to climbing when he was 14 and started climbing competitively at 16. A stubborn person by nature, winning competitions took some time to happen, though his strength and talent is unquestionable. Marcus reflects that some of the most memorable competitions that he had competed in, an unsurprisingly done the best in, were when he was fully immersed in the process of climbing and in the moment. This learning journey has been a big emotional rollercoaster for Marcus, who always wears his heart on his sleeve, but he came to love and appreciate climbing for what it is, and is grateful for everything it has given him thus far.

 


Ryan Yeo

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Sponsored Brands: Ocùn, Giga-Bite


“The sense of your satisfaction when you finish your project. That moment when you have red-pointed that route you've spent so much blood, sweat and tears, only to be greeted by an amazing view at the top. Climbing for me is more than just a sport, it's an addiction.”


Ryan started his climbing journey in 2008, what started out as an ordinary CCA grew into something he would be pursuing for many years to come. Ryan's primary discipline is lead climbing but he also enjoys putting other disciplines into the mix such as speed climbing and bouldering. When not competing, he travels to the outdoors to embrace all the beautiful lines Mother Nature has to offer. Despite being the youngest athlete among the titans, he does hope to one day fill the shoes of his other outstanding Climb Asia teammates.