All Saints’ Episcopal Day School student, Clay Gordon, competed in the 2015 Sport Climbing Series Youth National Championships held July 9-12, in Kennesaw, Ga.
Gordon placed first in the Sport category qualifying him to represent the USA at the Youth World Sport Climbing Championships in Arco, Italy the first week in September, according to a press release.
He competed against youth from across the country, stated the release. Gordon is the first youth climber from Arizona to ever be named National Champion in Sport Climbing.
Gordon is a member of the AZR Ascenders Climbing Team which trains at AZ on the Rocks in Scottsdale, stated the release. He has been a member of the team since attending a summer camp at the gym when he was just eight years old.
He trains approximately 12-15 hours a week throughout the year. Leading up to the National Championships, Gordon trained in the Kennesaw gym for two weeks, stated the release.
In 2014, Gordon was also National Champion, representing the U.S. at the Youth Pan American Games in Mexico City, which he won, according to the release. Gordon currently claims the National Champion and Continental Champion titles.
In February, he was selected by his division as one of only five climbers around the country to be nominated for the North Face Rookie Young Gun Award which is given to one climber who exemplifies sportsmanship and integrity.
All Saints’ is a school that is committed to academic excellence, spiritual and moral formation, and strives to educate children head to soul. Gordon exemplifies this mission as seen through his successes and recognition, stated the release.