New Zealand Tree Climbing Competition Champions

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​New Zealand's international Tree Climbing record is something to be truly proud about. The foundation of this strong level of achievement is borne out of an enthusiastic and supportive local tree climbing community and a high-quality base of top climbers at regional and national level.

New Zealand climbers have been to the very top of the Tree Climbing 'ladder' and have had regular champions in Men's and Women's International competitions in recent times.

NZ Arb is very proud to have both the Male and Female World Champions of 2013 in Scott Forrest and Nicky Ward-Allen.

Photo: Scott Forrest (right) and Nicky Ward-Allen (centre) with James Kilpatrick, as the kiwi contingent of climbers at the 2013 ITCC in Toronto. Scott and Nicky repeat the heroics of 2011 and win both the Men’s and Women’s World Titles.

Two other NZ climbers have also been world Champions - the amazing Chrissy Spence (3 World titles - 2005, 2007 & 2011) and Elena O'Neill (2006) – showing that the women climbers in NZ are easily the best in the world.

NEW ZEALAND HONORS BOARD

The following lists National Champion, as well as NZ climber placings at both the ITCC and APTCC.

NTCC Champions – A list of New Zealand National Championship winners

ITCC Placings – A list of NZ climbers placings at the ITCC

APTCC Placings – A list of NZ climbers placings at the APTCC

OTHER RECORDS

NZ climbers also hold (or held) the world records for the ITCC Footlock Cimb in both the Men's and Women's events.
 

ITCC Men’s Footlock World Record

15 metres

James Kilpatrick

World Record Time: 13.65

(Set at 2011 APTCC, Singapore)

ITCC Women’s Footlock World Record*

12 metres

Nicky Ward Allen

World Record Time: 13.26

(Set at 2010 ITCC, Chicago)


* No longer competed for as it has been surpassed by the new 15 metre world record – held by Jamilee Kempton (USA).

The following lists key national and international records. All New Zealand climbers unless otherwise noted.
 

NZ National TCC Titles – Male

Most National Titles
4 Titles: Tony Wilson
3 Titles: Paul Wynen, Andrew Harrison, Scott Forrest, James Kilpatrick

Most Consecutive National Titles
3 Titles: Paul Wynen, Andrew Harrison, Tony Wilson, Scott Forrest, James Kilpatrick
 

NZ National TCC Titles – Female

Most National Titles
6 Titles: Chrissy Spence
5 Titles: Nicky Ward-Allen


Most Consecutive National Titles
4 Titles: Nicky Ward-Allen
3 Titles: Chrissy Spence
 

International TCC Titles – Male

 

Most International Titles
9 Titles: Bernd Strasser (Germany)
3 Titles: Ken Palmer (USA), Mark Chisholm (USA), Scott Forrest (NZ)
2 Titles: Sam Noonan (USA), Bob Hunter (USA), Bob Weber (USA)

Most Consecutive International Titles
3 Titles: Bernd Strasser (Germany)
2 Titles: Sam Noonan (USA), Bob Hunter (USA), Scott Forrest (NZ)
 

International TCC Titles – Female

Most International Titles
3 Titles: Chrissy Spence (NZ), Josephine Hedger (UK)

Most Consecutive International Titles
No consecutive ITCC titles held
 

Asia-Pacific TCC Titles – Male

Most APTCC Titles
3 Titles: James Kilpatrick
2 Titles: Scott Forrest

Most Consecutive APTCC Titles
3 Titles: James Kilpatrick
2 Titles: Scott Forrest
 

Asia-Pacific TCC Titles – Female

 

Most APTCC Titles

4 Titles: Chrissy Spence
1 Title: Nicky Ward-Allen

Most Consecutive APTCC Titles
3 Titles: Chrissy Spence