Brisbane State High School Captain Mia Rowland and past student Robert Blows successfully launched the BSHS Rock Climbing Program in 2016.

Mia was an avid climber prior to starting at BSHS and had always been disappointed that she could not represent her school in rock climbing.

That changed when fellow peer and climber Robert approached her and two other friends about creating a program for the next generation of climbers coming through BSHS.

“Our school is conveniently situated less than 1.5km from Urban Climb, West End, one of Australia’s best rock-climbing gyms, so we figured that if we could manage the administrative logistics involved, we could make it happen and do it well,” Mia said.

For two hours, one afternoon a week, 35 students from BSHS, alongside coaches, Zak

Buhmann, Jesse Ruffini, Flora Froese and Mia meet at Urban Climb, West End.

The session includes different activities and challenges centred around rock climbing, strength, fitness and a touch of climbing psychology.

“We usually begin the sessions with technique and end with some more demanding strength and fitness exercises.”

Ex-competive climber Mia, placed fourth in Queensland in Women’s Open A for both bouldering and lead climbing in 2015.

After being heavily involved in the sport for over eight years, Mia has recently decided to take a non-competitive approach to rock climbing and is continuing the sport merely for stress relief and fun.

Founder and coach Robert also has a strong passion both for the sport and coaching future generations.

“Teaching the new generation of climbers is by far the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”

“I had wanted to bring about a climbing program at State High for some time but it wasn’t until my last year at BSHS that Mia, Jesse, Zak and I fought to make that dream a reality,” said Robert.

Anyone can sign up to the rock climbing program. If you love a challenge, pushing yourself mentally and love to have some fun, rock climbing is the perfect fit for you.

“Climbing requires a consistent mixture of thought, strength, precision and commitment, creating a new, unique and interesting challenge no matter how often you climb,” said Mia.

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