Wanneroo teen climbing up in the world


Professional climber Lilly Magditsch. Picture: Martin Kennealeyd470843
Professional climber Lilly Magditsch. Picture: Martin Kennealeyd470843

WANNEROO teenager Lilly Magditsch is scaling new heights.

The 15-year-old fell in love with climbing three years ago and is now preparing to represent Australia at the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s Youth World Championships held in Austria in August.

Lilly said she tried climbing at a birthday party and enjoyed it so much she joined a club.

“It’s just really fun and keeps you really fit, and is challenging,” she said.

“It’s not a regular sport like soccer or something.”

The Woodvale Secondary College student trains at The Boulder Hub in Wangara five times a week.

Following her results at the national Youth Climbing Championships in May, she has earned a place on the team competing in Australia as well as the Oceania Lead, Speed and Boulder Titles in New Caledonia in October.

Her goal is to make the semi-final or final of the world championships and though nervous was looking forward to the opportunity.

“I’m really excited as it will be a good experience,” she said.

Lilly aims to continue competing in international events and is eyeing the 2020 Olympic Games, where climbing will be included for the first time.

“I want to be a good role model and encourage younger kids to try climbing,” she said.

“It’s a really great sport; everyone is super-supportive.”

Her family is fundraising to cover costs associated with attending the competitions.

Donate at bit.ly/2tDb24Q.

Lilly is a nominee in the Community Newspaper Group’s Local Sports Stars Awards.

To nominate, visit www.localsportsstars.com.au.

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