Sport Climbing Australia

 Lead - Bouldering - Speed


Jesse Ruffini - Queensland

What sparked your interest in climbing and how long have you been climbing?

My climbing journey began more than half a lifetime ago at the age of 8 when comps were smaller and when Urban Climb was a shadow of what it is nowadays. At first it was social but I became more interested in climbing when I started competing in competitions, which I really enjoyed and had some early success in. Four years ago I got serious about climbing and gave up playing Rugby Union as the physical attributes of a climber were not compatible with that of a Rugby Union hooker! I started more intensive training and with my coaches Dan, Mitch and Sam, set goals to work towards and steadily improved my climbing. It's hard to say what influenced my path to where I am today, it could have been the thrill of conquering the infamous wave wall or my parents wanting a free two hours on a Saturday morning, who knows?


Your home gym is?

Urban Climb

What are you proud of achieving so far?

The last couple of years have been really good for me, making the Australian Youth Team for bouldering four years in a row. I was really proud of making semi finals at the World Youth Climbing Championships in Innsbruck last year. It was an extremely strong field and I was surprised I made it so far. My goal this year is to make semi finals in Moscow for bouldering and to get a new personal best in speed!


Do you have any idols?

Sam Bowman 

Fun Fact about yourself

I have oats everyday for breakfast.

PO Box 341W Ballarat West 3350


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