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Momentum Katy to host climbing competition

February 21, 2018

Momentum Katy, 25410 Katy Mills Parkway, will host for the first time a USA Climbing Sport and Speed youth climbing competition on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The event is open to the public, with doors opening at 9 a.m., climbing beginning at 9:30 a.m. and awards at 8:30 p.m.

USA Climbing, the national governing body of competitive climbing, includes three disciplines: sport climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering; this competition will include both sport and speed climbing. The competition is open to registered USA Climbers in Youth Categories D, C, B, A, and Junior.

The event is free for spectators who are encouraged to attend. Athlete registration is $65 and includes a complimentary day of climbing at Momentum’s Katy and Silver Street locations on Sunday, Feb. 25. Visit http://bit.ly/2nRiOmY for online registration and information.

The competition launches Momentum’s effort to assemble a Houston-based competitive team which will practice at both its Katy and Silver Street gyms. USA youth climbers who are interested in competitive climbing have the opportunity to compete at the USA Climbing Local level, such as this Region 402 Local competition, before progressing to larger championship events at a Regional, Divisional, and then National level.

“We are honored to host a USA Climbing competition at Momentum Katy. Some of the most talented youth climbers in Texas will be competing at this event and I am sure they will inspire spectator and prospective climbers of all abilities,” said Jeff Pedersen, Momentum’s co-founder and CEO. Pedersen notes that Dallas-based teams, Team Texas and Lone Star will both be competing; these Dallas teams include climbers who compete on an international level.

“Texas has produced some of the top competitors in American climbing; we look forward to starting our new team and providing youth in Houston area with a chance to learn, train, and perhaps one day become Olympic contenders,” said Pedersen.

Climbing will make its debut at the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo. According to the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), there are now more than 35 million climbers in 140 countries around the world.

Visit www.momentumclimbing.com for more information.