Oceania ‘Oceana’ Mackenzie was awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Oceania was born in in Heidelberg, Germany and moved to Australia within a few months of her birth with her mother, father and five sisters.
When Oceania was eight years old, her mum took her and her sister to a local climbing gymnasium and it was immediately apparent that climbing would become her passion. She joined the gym’s climbing squad and soon after started competing in social competitions before quickly moving up the ranks and climbing at State and National Championships then, in 2018, Oceania represented Australia at her first World Championship and World Cup events where she finished 8th and 19th, respectively.
A year later, she qualified for the Boulder World Cup and became the first Australian female to make the final in over ten years. She placed sixth at the event, but certainly left her mark on the Sport Climbing world.
In 2020, she secured a spot on the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo Olympic Games after she won the Combined Oceanic Continental Championships. This win created a slice of history for Oceania, making her the first female athlete to represent Australia in Sport Climbing at the Olympics and finished 19th. Getting to the Games is a feat made even more momentous, given Oceania had only been competing on the world stage for three years.
Oceania has a bright future in sport climbing and is striving to achieve future Olympic, World Cup and World Championship success while inspiring the next generation of sport climbers.
“I am extremely privileged to receive a Scholarship from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame! it is going to be very helpful for my training and preparations for competitions. I am excited to be able to chat/work with athletes who have has so much experience and have so my knowledge about sport.” – Oceania Mackenzie on being selected as a 2022 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder
“You are lucky, you can improve a lot.”
- 2018: IFSC Boulder Youth World Championships – 8th
- 2018: IFSC Wu Jiang Lead World Cup – 19th
- 2019: IFSC Meiringen Boulder World Cup – 6th
- 2019: IFSC Munich Boulder World Cup – 17th
- 2020: IFSC Combined Oceanic Continental Championships – 1st
- 2021: Tokyo Olympic Games (2020) – 19th