• About Sean McColl

    About Sean McColl

    World Champion Climber. Future Olympian. Canadian.

Bio

Birthdate: September 3rd, 1987

Hometown: North Vancouver, Canada

Currently Living: North Vancouver, Canada

Height: 169cm (5’6½”)

Weight: 60kg (132 lbs)

Started Climbing: 1997

Sean McColl is an avid 29-year-old sport climber who has been competing for the past 19 years.

Sean’s home is in North Vancouver although has been living in France on and off since 2011. He has been one of the head and assistant coaches for the 2009-2013 Canadian Youth National Teams. Sean has traveled to Valence (France), Edinburgh (Scotland), Imst (Austria), Singapore and Victoria (Canada) in support of his coaching interests. In 2014 and 2015, Sean’s competition and travel schedule was too hectic for him to be a major part of the Youth Team, he corresponds and helps them via correspondence.

As an athlete, Sean’s accomplishments in this sport are numerous, unprecedented and un-repeated for a climber from Canada (and even Pan America) especially since the sport has been and continues to be dominated by European climbers.

Sean was the Canadian Youth Champion in his age group ever year from 1999-2005 having won every National Championships he attended. During his youth career, Sean claimed 5 world titles; since no other youth competitor has won more titles; this achievement is unsurpassed in youth climbing history to this day.

Since Sean started competing on the World Cup circuit, he has won 5 events (2 in bouldering, 3 in lead) and been on the podium another 23 times. Sean has won the Overall Combined Rankings and has been 2rd and 3rd in the Lead and Boulder Overall rankings respectively.

As an outdoor climber, Sean has onsighted 5.14a (8b+) and climbed multiple 5.14d’s (9a). On the bouldering side, Sean is one of a dozen climbers in the world to flash the grade of V13 (8B) and redpoint V15 (8C).


COMPETITIONS

  • Current 3-time Overall World Champion (2009, 2012, 2014)
  • Only competitor in World Cup History to come top-8 in every discipline
  • 5 World Cup Victories
  • 8-time Open Canadian National Champion
  • American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World Contestant (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Adidas Rockstars Champion (2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Psicocomp Champion, 2014

OUTDOORS

Hardest Sport Climbing Ascents:

  • Red Point: 5.14d (9a)
  • Onsight: 5.14a (8b+)
  • Flash: 5.14b (8c)

Hardest Bouldering Ascents:

  • Redpoint: V15 (8C)
  • Flash: v13 (8B)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Grade 10 Royal Conservatory Piano
  • Avid Soccer (football) Player
  • Computer Science Diploma with Honours
  • Fluent in French and English