Team athlete Alannah Yip and coach Andrew Wilson are 2017 Petro-Canada FACE grant recipients

Update (13 August 2018) – video of Alannah and Andrew on working towards their goals

On the road to the Olympics, we’re happy to announce that our team athlete Alannah Yip and head coach Andrew Wilson received the 2017 Petro-Canada FACE grant.

Every year, Petro-Canada selects fifty-five promising athletes from across Canada. These aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their coaches are awarded a $10,000 grant, which provides funding to help them along their journey to one day represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. FACE grants are often used for training, equipment, coach education, and travel expenses for competitions.

This caps off an amazing week for Alannah Yip, who’s part of our Open Performance Team and is this year’s Canadian triple crown champion in bouldering, lead, and speed climbing. Earlier this week she made the first female ascent of Cheakamus Canyon’s Pulse, the first 5.14a ever established in Canada.

Our soon-to-be 24-year old team athlete just sent Cheakamus Canyon’s Pulse, the first 5.14a ever established in Canada…. And with borrowed gear no less! She’s the first female ascent and it’s a pretty amazing accomplishment for any Canadian #ohcanada #itsnotthegear . . ? from @alannah_yip – So so so happy to have sent Pulse 5.14a today! This route is special to me because it was the first 5.14 in Canada ??. Not only was it my first of the grade, but also a FFA! ? For all intents and purposes it shouldn’t have gone – it was my fourth try of the day so I was exhausted, and I was so scatterbrained that I forgot my harness at home. Luckily I could borrow one and kept it together for the send! ? Thanks to @philip_quade for the amazing shot, @miles_adamson @jj_mah @seanbea for all the belays, and my sponsors @scarpana @skratchlabs @climbbase5gym for all of your support.

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Climb Base5’s Head Coach Andrew Wilson is a staple in the local, national and international climbing community and has been developing the next generation of Canadian climbers with his vision and dedication through the Climb4Life youth development program.

“Gotta say, pretty cool to see our names on that board.”

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