The last month has been a whirlwind of activity and hard training for 22-year-old sport climber, Lauren Mukheibir from Johannesburg. Returning to South Africa from Perth at the beginning of the month, Lauren made the decision to train rigorously as she prepares for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in July. 


Pictured above: Lauren Mukheibir training for the Paris Olympics 2024

Lauren will compete in both the Boulder and Lead categories at the Olympics. The Lead category involves a 16-meter-high wall with a route worth 100 points, while the Boulder category includes four boulders, each worth 25 points. The combined scores from both rounds will create a score out of 200 to determine the final placement.

“I train about 20 hours a week – 10 hours of climbing and 10 hours of strength training; it’s what my body can handle. Climbing at such a high level requires so much confidence and bravery,” Lauren explains.

Lauren, who will be one of four climbers representing South Africa in Paris, started an intense lead training program upon her return home. This program is designed to build her endurance as quickly as possible in preparation for both Paris and the Innsbruck World Cup, taking place from June 26-30. “I am doing Innsbruck to help me deal with competition nerves, gain some more international experience, and put to use what I have learned over the last couple of months. As such, doing well in Innsbruck is not my priority. It will be a competition to test where I stand, mentally and physically,” she says.


Pictured above: Lauren in her element of rock climbing

After Innsbruck, Lauren plans to compete in a local competition in Cape Town, which will be an excellent practice and preparation for Paris. She will continue her training until July 23, when the team leaves for Paris.

One of the biggest challenges Lauren faces is managing expenses before heading to Paris. Despite her pride and gratitude for being selected, every training session, physio appointment, doctor’s visit, equipment replacement, and travel expense needs to be covered personally. “I have to pay for myself. I am paying for the Innsbruck World Cup with no help from any government or national federation, and because of all my travels, the bills can become quite overwhelming. But I just have to say a HUGE thanks to my parents for supporting me emotionally, physically, and financially through this where needed,” she shares.


Pictured above: Lauren Mukheibir

Modestly, Lauren welcomes any donation, however small, to help her prepare for Paris. “For those who have donated so far, a huge thank you. Your generosity has helped pay for many weeks of training in Perth and physio appointments up to now. Thank you to those who have donated!”

The athletes will soon receive their South African Olympic kit, marking another significant milestone on their journey to the Olympics.

If you would like to support Lauren, she has a BackaBuddy account to help raise money for her pre-Olympic training. You can contribute by visiting her crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy where she has raised over R21 000 of her R200 000 goal with the help of 16 amazing donors. 


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SOURCE: MyPressportal