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Thirteen-strong Kiwi team off to New Caledonia for World Championship
15th August, 2014
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New Zealand will send its largest team to the 2014 World Youth Climbing Championships next month. New Caledonia is hosting the World Championship from September 19-23 and the close proximity to New Zealand has enabled Climbing NZ to send 13 athletes.

With that number, the New Zealand squad believe they have their best chance of placing in a World Championship which is usually dominated by Europeans.

But Carmilla Ansin, the assistant coach for Climbing New Zealand (CNZ) and Auckland coach, is not putting any pressure on her young charges.

"Competing at this level will be a whole new experience for most of them," said the 33-year-old. "My role is to support and facilitate their learning irrespective of their placing."

The athletes are fortunate that the competition is still going ahead in Noumea.

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