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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 08 June 2019
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019 SPORT THEODORA MAIOS Kalymnos rocks! Kalymnos is an ideal place f Kalymnos is an ideal place for rock climbing with one of the best organised climbing locations in the world. Later this ear, the annual Kalymnos Climbing Festival is set to take place on the island from 4 to 6 October and is expected to attract climbers from across the Apart from the sport-climbing globe. Apart from the sport-climbing legends drawn to the e rock climbing with one of the best organised climbing loca- tions in the world. Later this year, the annual Kalymnos Climbing Festival is set to take place on the island from 4 to 6 October and is expected to at- tract climbers from across the globe. legends drawn to the event, the programme includes presenta- nt, the programme includes presentations, climbing lessons, as well the sport at this idyllic location will enjoy the full package that tions, climbing lessons, as well as parties with DJs and live rock music. Those that dare practise the sport at this idyllic location will enjoy the full package that includes outstanding nature on boasts of blue from anywhere you climb.ou climb. as parties with DJs and live rock music. Those that dare practise includes outstanding nature on a beautiful Aegean island, which a beautiful Aegean island, which boasts of blue from anywhere The festival is organised by the Municipality of Kalymnos The festival is organised b the Municipality of Kalymnos in collaboration with the Region in collaboration with the Region of South Aegean and is held un- der the auspices of the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing. climbingfestival.kalymnos-isl. gr/ of South Aegean and is held under the auspices of the Hellenic ederation of Mountaineering and Climbing. For more information, visit the https:// or more information, visit the festival's official site:estival's official site: https:// climbingfestival.kalymnos-isl. gr/ Theodora Kasimidou, 15, made Greeks proud after qualifying for the Australian Development Team in the National Boulder Ranking 2019 at the National Youth Climbing Championships that were held in Villawood Indoor Climbing Gym in Sydney last month. Adam Clay, Theodora's coach, was chuffed with her results and expressed his joy at the conclusion of the games. "Our aim was for Theodora to go to the Nationals and gain some experience. Qualifying for the finals was incredible. Her hard work has been rewarded and we just couldn't be prouder of what she has achieved and the hard work she has put in since she started climbing five years ago," Clay said. Theodora participated in the National Youth Climbing Championships as a member of the South Australia Youth Climbing Team, having already won the State Boulder and lead titles many times. She was accompanied by Irene Torrealba Merrida, coach of ABC Bouldering Club, where the young athlete spends endless hours training. Theodora moved to Adelaide with her family seven years ago when her parents accepted a posting to South Australia by the Greek Ministry of Education. In 2015, she was the only SA female athlete to have competed in the Youth C 2002-2003 category. Despite the demands of being a Year 10 student, she still finds time to train - on average - four hours a day. She says that what fascinates her most about bouldering is that, ultimately, it is a game of strategic moves that keeps both the body and mind active. Theodora's parents attribute their daughter's success to her staunch determination and hard work. Kalymnos is at the top of the list when it comes to rock climbing. PHOTO: KALYMNOS CLIMBING FESTIVAL "Bouldering is more than DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Theodora’s climb to the top Young Greek climber wanted to return to Corfu until bouldering became part of her life The sky is the limit for 15-year- old Theodora Kasimidou. PHOTO: SUPPLIED just a sport as it helps her (Theodora) to develop her social skills while improving her concentration and discipline," says the young athlete's mother Marianthi Kosmarikou. Theodora's team selection requires her to travel all over Australia in order to participate in training camps and to train under the instructions of the national coaches of Sport Climbing Australia, which significantly increases the cost of her preparation for future competitions. But she is determined, and so has started working parttime after school in order to finance her climbing competition expenses, hoping to soon find some sponsors willing to help her cover part of the sport's discipline costs. "When we first arrived from Greece all Theodora wanted to do was to return home to Corfu, but now that bouldering has become part of her life, it's just incredible how focused and determined she is to succeed," Ms Kosmarikou said. "I just want to climb to the top and make all Greeks and Australians proud," Theodora stated.
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