Ontario Youth Climbers Should Not Be Denied Podium Finishes
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In an ever increasing amount, Foreign Nationals are attending Ontario Climbing Federation events and securing podium finishes. In fact, it is generally true that only the very best Foreign Nationals are attending. During the 2017 OCF Provincial Championships 7 of 18 podium finishes in D, C, and B were secured by Foreign Nationals, including 5 gold medals.
This has made it much more difficult for Ontarians to secure podium finishes. OCF events should remain open to all Foreign Nationals, however there should be two separate sets of results published and awarded.
(1) Competition winners should be recognized and awarded inclusive of all competitors. 3 medals should be awarded, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
(2) Residents of Ontario should also be recognized through a separate set of results. These standing should be posted and awarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. It is in this ceremony that the Ontario Provincial Champion should be recognized.
In light of increased costs for medals, the costs can either be passed on to members or 1 medal could be saved from each individual winning the same medal twice.
Strong competition makes all Ontario climbers better. For this reason OCF competitions should remain open to Foreign Nationals. However, youth members work very hard to judge themselves against other Ontarian youth and should be given the opportunity to shine on the Provincial podium.
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