Coaching Team

With the fast development of the sport and the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic games our coaching team and structure is also developing fast.

The Australian Coaching Team works hard to provide Australian Youth and Open team athletes with a variety of support to help them achieve their best when representing Australia both domestically and internationally.

Sport Climbing Australia's Coaching Team is also currently working with our coaching committee on a national framework for the professional development and accreditation of Australian climbing coaches.

High Performance Manager - Nick Brown

Nick Brown has work in high performance sport for over 10 years most recently as a Senior Consultant at the Australian Institute of Sport. He was Director of Performance Services for the Australian Olympic Team in Rio, 2016. Nick has been climbing for 21 years and loves multi-pitch, traditional, sport, bouldering, gym climbing, and even has dabbled in ice climbing in Utah before finding that it got in the way of endless desert cracks and boulders. He has competed in state and national bouldering competitions in the masters category.

Coaching Director - Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown is a professional climbing coach that has spent many years working with a broad array of professional, competitive and recreational athletes from around the world, helping them to plan, prepare, train for, and achieve goals ranging from competitive podiums to remote mountain peaks. He comes to the team with 20 years of climbing experience, having himself climbed to a high level in most styles of climbing and all over the globe, as well as a history of working in other competitive sports and in the personal training field. Based in Canberra, he is the face behind, the head route setter at BlocHaus Canberra, and the training columnist for Vertical Life Magazine. 

Team Physiotherapist - Justine Walker

Justine is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with special interest in climbing and rheumatology who has been practicing in the private musculoskeletal field since finishing her university studies at the end of 2014. Her current focus is working with the Sport Climbing Australia directors, coaches and athletes to help establish protocols regarding injury risk assessment and management, as well as provide treatment at national training camps and competitions both nationally and internationally.


Being a climber herself for the past 6 years, Justine understands the demands of climbing, both physically and mentally, and is keen to combine her passion for health and climbing to assist our athletes to stay at their physical peak leading into the world cup competitions and beyond to the 2020 Olympics


Justine has been working closely with the competition circuit across the 2017 period, covering the National Bouldering and Lead/Speed competitions, as well as the NSW equivalents and a National Youth Training Camp held across 2 days. She utilises a number of treatment modalities in her rehabilitation, including real time dynamic ultrasound of muscle groups, dry needling, myofascial release, kinesiology taping and of course climbing specific functional exercise prescription for strength and conditioning.

National Lead Coach - Kim Kamo

Originating in Canada, where she first fell in love with the sport of rock climbing, Kim developed as a competitive athlete playing at the highest levels in her home country. She is no stranger to high level competition, having competed in several National Championship in both Soccer and Ringette. In her early twenties, Kim competed in Canada’s semi-professional National Women’s Hockey League, and played for Carleton University in the Canadian University Soccer league throughout her undergraduate degree.


Transferring years of experience from an earlier sports career into the sport of Rock Climbing came naturally. Her passion for climbing, knowledge of competition, physical conditioning, and the ability to pick up the technical aspects of climbing has allowed her to help climbers of all abilities improve their climbing performance and reach personal goals.


Over the past two seasons with the Australian Climbing Team, Kim has gained experience coaching at the 4 international events and helped organise and run 8 National Team Training events. Kim continues to push her coaching skills to the next level, and we are excited to see what she can bring for 2018.

National Bouldering Coach - William Hammersla

William Hammersla was born in America and has been climbing for nearly 20 years, beginning in the indoor gyms of England and transitioning to Australia in his youth. He has been a full time coach and route setter for the past 8 years as well as being heavily involved with Sport Climbing Australia, Sport Climbing Victoria, state and regional teams. 

He currently resides in Melbourne and runs his own climbing business. He provides services most of the gyms in Victoria and the nation to help provide climbers with technical and performance coaching, as well as competition and commercial route setting.


National Speed Coach - Bryan Pillai

Bryan was introduced to speed climbing in 2013 when he worked as a belayer. He slowly got away from bouldering competitions to start a new passion. Bryan made it into the national youth team in 2013 after training for 3 weeks and represented his country in the Asian Youth Championship.

Being of a slow-twitched natured body in a discipline with high demands on power, Bryan quickly found himself in an uphill battle and decided to train for 6 days a week for a year to be able to pit against those who were naturally fast-twitched. His determination led him to enter the Open speed team from 2014 to 2016, and then participated in several International and regional competitions since then. It was also within these years that Bryan started to be involved with coaching for speed climbing. Bryan has been leading a team that developed multiple overall talents over the years with some individuals qualifying for the national youth team.

National Assistant Coach - Sophie Bell

Sophie has been climbing for two decades, starting in the Peak District and indoors in the UK before moving to Australia in 2004. She has a long history of competing as a Youth Athlete in both countries, and her experience led to her studying Exercise and Sports Science at University, for which she is now accredited.

Sophie is a coach for Youth Competition Climbing Victoria (YCCV) and currently working with boulder and lead youth squads. Her passion for the sport and its growth has seen her join the board for Sport Climbing Victoria, where her focus is on child safety in sport and supporting current and future athletes and coaches. Bouldering is her lifetime love, for which she sets and trains regularly around her work as an AES. She is very excited to be given the opportunity to work with the Australian Coaching team and national athletes.

SCA Coaching Team

PO Box 341W Ballarat West 3350


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