Update from the Summit 2017

Alberta Climbing Folks!

While it has been a little while since we held our first ever ACA Summit, I wanted to communicate a hearty thanks to all those that participated, a big thanks to the CCC for hosting, a thanks to the facilitators, and also I wanted to follow up with some promised communications recapping what was discussed.

First off, I am very grateful to the 40 or so people that came out, participated willingly, openly and with an incredibly positive attitude!  It is still such a gracious sport!  Many elements were discussed over the three and a half hours (many!), including comp formats, comp schedules, coaching, athlete development models, funding, casinos, team uniforms, belaying, routesetting and much much more.  We have included the notes from both of the sessions with details for all those that are interested.  While it is important to take notes, it is more important for us to act and to change as a result.  Already actions are being taken.  Thanks to Gary Kapitza for organizing the team uniforms for Nationals!!  

Terry Blumes has done a lot of work on our Casino application which is still in progress.  The 3 year draft comp schedule has been drafted with the gyms with new formats, inclusion of speed, some new locations (yaay Cranbrook!) and a lot of careful thought.  Plans to support the September coaching clinic are underway and this is just the beginning!  Work will begin in August to strike some new committees and planning is well underway for the work of the ACA for the upcoming year.

To continue on in this action oriented approach, we would like to spend some time following up on these actions at the AGM  The AGM will be held on November 25th in Calgary after the comp - location tbd - all are welcome!  We will have the AGM and then structure some Summit follow-on discussions that we will format closer to the date.

If you are interested in reading the detailed notes from the Summit, they can be found here: 2017 ACA Summit Notes
Hope you all have a blessed summer!

George Irwin,