Hello, my name is Anna Davey and I am a climber living in Perth, Western Australia.
I started climbing 5 and a half years ago. It was hobby that went way too far. I became addicted and obsessed as most climbers do. Before I knew it, my weekend hobby was starting to look like more of a career. I knew there was no money in climbing from the start. I was never doing it for money, it was for the challenges, the glory and the laughter. Hence, I've had to live two fairly imcompatible lifestyles to fund my climbing addiction. I work fairly hard at a desk all day and at night I attempt to crush boulders!
I rallied hard in 2017 and 18, knowing one thing only, that if I ever wanted to compete overseas, it's all or nothing at training.
I made it! I have just been selected for the Australian Open Bouldering International Team after a very successful 2018 competing in Australia.
This means I can represent Australia overseas next year in 6 world cups and the world championships in Japan!
Selection for the world cup circuit has been my dream for the past 5 years and now that I’ve made it, I would like to devote my heart and soul into training for it. I don’t like to do things by halves and I wouldn't want to go knowing I didnt give it 100%.
Unfortunately, unlike other countries, in Australia all climbers are responsible for their own expenses to compete for their country. We have no funding source as of yet.
Climbing in Australia is fast gaining popularity since the announcement that it will be show cased in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In 2017, the Australian Sports Committee also recognised climbing as a sport and Sport Climbing Australia (our Federation) is now doing everything in its power to secure sponsorship for athletes, but that will take some time.
Many milestones were achieved last year, unfortunately Australian athletes are still struggling financially without and funding from the Government or our Federation.
To compete oveseas in 2019, I must pay for international flights, visas, transport, hotels, my coach and federation fees. On top of that I really need to take time off work to train and recover. My work schedule isn’t very compatible with proper training.
Please don't feel like you need to give much! Any tiny amount of money will be greatly appreciated, even $1.
Stay up to date with my journey on my Instagram @anna.davey
Thanks so much!