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HIGHWAY climber Erin Sterkenburg, who recently competed in the Tokyo Olympics, said she feels privileged to climb, watch, and learn from the world’s top climbers.
This was the first time the sport was part of the Olympics. Erin was the only woman on the continent to qualify for the Olympic Games.
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The Westville Girls’ High School student said although she felt it wasn’t her best performance, she was happy with her speed and boulder. “I fell quite early with the lead which I was disappointed with, but overall I’m really happy to learn from the experience,” she said.
Erin described her trip and said it felt surreal while she was there. “I tried to observe my surroundings as best as possible, it was so exciting, I enjoyed every minute,” she added.
“The atmosphere was competitive, but overall everyone was happy and excited to be part of the Olympics,” said Erin.
When asked if it was always her dream to be at the Olympics, she did not specifically say.
“I’ve always found it interesting to watch the games with my family. I never really thought I’d reach the level to be a part of them. When climbing became an Olympic sport it was an idea, but it only recently became a goal and a dream. “
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The 17-year-old said she will especially appreciate getting to know other climbers. “Most of them were my idols or are actually my idols, so meeting them in real life and talking to them, it was just amazing to learn from them,” she said. The matriculation student advised young people who want to take part in the Olympics to continue working towards their goal.
“It’s an experience of a lifetime. If you work hard and persevere in your sport, anything is possible, ”she said.
WGHS SGB chairwoman Emma Dunk said they are so proud of their Olympian that she represents South Africa in climbing.
“Erin started playing sport relatively late in her life, as an 8th grade student at the WGHS. Erin was not exposed to the international competitions and facilities that many of the other athletes could afford.
“Nevertheless, Erin is the fastest speed climber in Africa. The other two disciplines that make up the competition are bouldering and lead climbing. “
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