Head Coach. Chris Neve
I started coaching youth climbers over 20 years ago and I haven't found any reason since to stop! Climbing as an activity and sport is something that has really captured me and I have been passionaltely involved in it as a coach, judge, administrator and volunteer every since. Besides working with the Canmore team, I am also currently the Head Coach of Canada's Youth National Team and have been involved as a coach with that team since 2010.
Climbing has everything, in my opinion: it is a great personal challenge but the best individual successes come from working in a positive team environment; it not only challenges the body but also the mind; and, when you unlock the puzzle of climbing a route there aren't many other sports that can give you that thrill of achievement. Being a sport that can be done inside and out, I think it is one of the most complete sports a young athlete can participate in.
I have also been a life-long advocate for young athletes being involved in as many sports as they can during their development stages and I follow that example myself, regularly participating in as many sports and activites as I can including hockey, swimming, running, mountain biking, etc. It is because my parents allowed me to try everything when I was young that I can play most sports now and that is something I hope all of our young athletes do as well.
Originally from Eastern Europe, I started climbing about 15 years ago.
Since day one found climbing to be my passion. Gaining experience by traveling and visiting di erent climb- ing destinations around Europe. As a youth I was part of climbing team and competed in number of regional and national events. Upon arrival to North America, I have been fortunate to climb and work in many di erent climbing facilities across Canada.
I am enjoying all aspects of climbing industry. Fully engaged in commercial and competition route setting. Cur- rently working as a Head Route Setter at Elevation Place Climbing Gym in Canmore, Alberta. Assistant coach of a competitive youth climbing team (CICS) since 2012 - 2013 season. Great coaches have made all the di erence to my experience as a climber, and I am thrilled to o er my leadership to young athletes in our community.
I was born in Calgary and grew up on an apple farm in Southern Ontario. As much as I love a good apple, I realized that being an apple farmer wasn’t in the cards for me. Loving the great outdoors and craving more adventurous sports, I felt the pull to return to Western Canada. After graduating with a degree in Geography from the University of Guelph and completing a diploma of Applied Photography at Sheridan College; I packed-up my 92' Volvo station-wagon and hightailed Westward to the mountains. After six and a half years of snowboarding, mountain bike racing and SUP coaching, I left the Squamish, B.C. for Canmore, Alberta. Being in the heart of the Rocky Mountains felt right, and so I stayed. My adventures with the Rocky Mountains; rock/ice/alpine climbing, skiing, and mountain biking have solidified my roots here and this place is truly my home. I have enjoy working as a climbing instructor at Elevation Place Climbing Gym and have been inspired in my position coaching with the CICS team. Seeing young athletes grow both physically and mentally is at the root of my love of teaching. I am proud to be apart of this growing climbing community