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Monday, October 17, 2016


Andrew Boere moved to the Bay to work at indoor rock climbing facility Rocktopia last month and has already started the Mount Maunganui climbers Facebook page, attracting 20 keen climbers.

He is now happily addicted to the sport he discovered during outdoor education classes at high school in Auckland.

"I found my passion, I really loved it," he said. He has climbed around New Zealand and spent eight months living and climbing in Canada. "You get a bit hooked on it," he said.

The 23-year-old is thrilled rock climbing will be an Olympic sport in 2020 and says some young Bay climbers already have the Games in their sights. He also wants to inspire others to take up the sport, which he said attracted a 50-50 split of males and females.

Mr Boere described rock climbing as the perfect sport, offering a full mind and body workout.

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