Angelina ‘Angie’ Scarth-Johnson has been a successful recipient of a Tier 2 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Angie started climbing at age 7. After several nasty climbing accidents around the house, her mother decided to send Angie to a climbing gym, which eventually lead to climbing real rocks outdoors where she found her passion and is now an elite Rock Climber and a part of Sports Climbing Australia.
In 2012, at just eight years old, Angie achieved her first hard climb, difficulty grade 27, in the Blue Mountains. This was the moment she realised her special talent and with determination and hard work she could achieve anything she wanted to. Climbing gave her challenges both mentally and physically, which made her push her limits and abilities.
When she was 9 years old, she broke a world record and became the youngest person in the world to climb a difficultly grade 31, twice, once in America and then again in Spain. Three years later, Angie became the second Australian women to have achieved a grade 34 and the only Australian women to do this multiple times, all at just 12 years old.
With the introduction of Sports Climbing in the Olympics, Angie has now taken on a new challenge transitioning from outdoor adventure climbing to indoor competitive climbing. She is hoping to represent Australia as the only Australian female for Rock Climbing at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Angie’s aspiration is to always continue climbing, well into her elderly years. However, her career goals post competitive climbing, is to be a Vet and work with animals. Which she is currently making headway with as she is currently completing her Certificate III Veterinarian Assistant whilst completing year 10.
Angie speaks of her selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
“I have been very fortune to have received a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship. It is a true honour to be included with so many amazing athletes from all different disciplines. The support that the Scholarship will give me is essential to my success as a young athlete and to my overall goals in becoming a World champion.”
Birth Place: Canberra
Languages: English, Spanish
Sport: Sports Climbing
Disciplines: Lead Climbing, Bouldering, Speed Climbing
First Club: ACT/NSW Sports Climbing Australia
Current Club: NSW Sports Climbing Australia
First started: 2012
Superstitions/Routine: “I started climbing and travelling around the world at a very young age for climbing and so I have a toy stuffed lizard called Lizzy that I have to take everywhere with me. I can’t fly or attend a competition without bringing her. I believe its bad luck if she isn’t around, and I’m not willing to test it out just yet.”
Sporting Hero: Lyn Hill – pioneer in female climbing, 1st women to free climb ‘The Nose’ on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley
Favourite Quote: “Its how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success” -Charlotte Whitton
Studying: Certificate III Veterinarian Assistant & Completion of Year 10
Snr Nat: 2 (Australian National Championships)
Jnr Int: 1
Jnr Nat: 1
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2019: Youth World Championships, Arco Italy – Finalist (ranked 4th in Bouldering)
- 2019: Australian Junior Nationals – 1st (World Youth qualification spot)
- 2019: Australian Open Nationals – 2nd
- 2018: Outdoor Climbing Development, Eua Tonga – age 14
- 2018: Australian Junior Nationals – 1st
- 2018: IFSC World Youth Championships, Moscow Russia – 10th (first international competition)
- 2017: Second Australian Women to climb difficulty level 34 (age 12) and only Australian women to do it multiple times
- 2013: World Record – Youngest person (age 9) to climb difficulty level 31
Bio picture credit: Andres Photography
Last updated 30/09/2020