Teen Rock Climber Qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

by | Feb 5, 2021

Durban’s Erin Sterkenburg will represent South Africa in Sport Climbing at the Olympics in Tokyo in July.

In December, the 17-year-old won gold at the International Federation of Sport Climbing African Champs in Cape Town, earning her place for the prestigious Olympic Games.

The KZN Sport Confederation shared the exciting news on their Instagram, saying: “In record time, Erin Sterkenburg has scaled to new heights in her quest for a world best.

“With less than 200 days to prepare, the 17-year-old is gearing up to face off against her role models, aiming to fly the South African flag high.

“Sport Climbing is a form of rock climbing using an anchor.”

President of KZNSC, Mr Thami Mchunu, stated: “Congratulations, Erin. Potential has no limit.”

Sterkenburg also shared her views after her outstanding victory: “I just want to thank every person who helped me with my climbing and training, and who supported me and allowed me to get to this point.

“Now time for a little rest and then it’s back to training even harder than before,” she concluded.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Durban matriculant, Erin Sterkenburg will represent South Africa in sport climbing at the Olympics in Tokyo in July. In December, the 17-year-old won gold at the International Federation of Sport Climbing African Champs in Cape Town, earning her place for the prestigious Olympic Games. Photo: KZN Sport Confederation

 

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