What is the Focus Climbing Team?

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The Focus Climbing Team is a competitive and non-competitive youth climbing team based in Mesa, AZ.  Head coach, Shawn Mohatt, is a passionate rock climber with many years of experience in both climbing and coaching.  With three highly qualified coaches, we will help your son or daughter excel as a climber, whether that is recreationally or as a nationally ranked competitor.


Christina Lehmann (Kat)

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Age: 10

Best competition placement: not sure

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team:

Hardest send

Indoor: v6

Outdoor: n/a

What are your long term climbing goals? Make it to nationals and climb a B3 at Focus

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? I want to send v8 and do a full back lever and front levee

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? My only embarrassing moments in climbing were not being able to find start holds on climbs that were right in front of my face the whole time

What is your favorite part about competitions? Being able to try new climbs even if their not made for me, they’re still fun

What motivates you to train each season? Most motivation comes from my friend’s encouragement and the satisfaction of sending something.  I hope my motivations gives people encouragement to try

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Luke Perkins

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Age: 11

Best competition placement: 1st

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team:  Having friends to talk to while doing a great sport

Hardest send

Indoor: v7

Outdoor: v2

What are your long term climbing goals? To send v14

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? Send a v8 or 9

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? Failing on a v1

What is your favorite part about competitions? Having competition and the routes

What motivates you to train each season? Knowing I’ll get stronger

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Lilly Jo Czerwinski

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Age: 11

Best competition placement: 1st

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team:  I get to hang with my best friends while I have fun climbing and training

Hardest send

Indoor: v8

Outdoor: ? (v4 or v5)

What are your long term climbing goals? Sending a v8 outside, making USA Climbing Team AGAIN, sending another v8 indoor

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? Make Nationals this year and get 1st in regionals and divisionals

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? When I was climbing and I face planted when I fell

What is your favorite part about competitions? Getting to have candy in ISO and hang out with my friends (going to competitions without my sisters)

What motivates you to train each season? Climbing is fun.  I don’t need motivation.  I do it cause I love it.

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Chloe Olivia Meaney

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Age: 11

Best competition placement: 11th

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team: The people and the workouts.

Hardest send

Indoor:

Outdoor:

What are your long term climbing goals? To send v13

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? Send at least one v7

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? When I started crying on a top rope and I wanted to come down.

What is your favorite part about competitions? Seeing what I placed and what my friends placed.

What motivates you to train each season? Wanting to be the strongest I can be.

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John Benjamin Perkins

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Age: 15

Best competition placement: 5th

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team: we get pushed to our limits so we get stronger

Hardest send

Indoor: v6

Outdoor: v2

What are your long term climbing goals? Getting on the U.S.A. Climbing Team

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? To be climbing solid v8 and have gotten at least one v9

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? Getting last place in regionals

What is your favorite part about competitions? Getting to onsight new problems

What motivates you to train each season? Making sure I don’t get last place again

Social Media Handle: john___perkins


Julia Grace Fletcher

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Age: 14

Best competition placement: 3rd at Youth Regionals

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team: the kids, the coaches, and the climbing itself

Hardest send

Indoor: v6

Outdoor: never climbed outdoors

What are your long term climbing goals? Go to nationals, regularly send v6

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? Send v7

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? N/a

What is your favorite part about competitions? winning

What motivates you to train each season? winning

Social Media Handle: @juliagracef


Life Nakai William Latimer

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Age: 11

Best competition placement: 28th in Youth Nationals

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team: I love climbing with a team and I work really well with other people.  I love being coached and following my favorite sport is really fun.

Hardest send

Indoor: v8

Outdoor: v6/7

What are your long term climbing goals? If and when I make it to nationals, I am going to place well and make it to finals

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? I want to send a v9 and v10

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? When I was doing a climb, I split my pants in half

What is your favorite part about competitions? I like competitions because you can compete against some of the best and learn your mistakes.  You can find your goals and strive for them.

What motivates you to train each season? It motivates me cause I’m not the best so you always have goals to strive for

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Ethan Sheard

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Age: 13

Best competition placement: 4th

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team: Mostly boulder, makes me strong

Hardest send

Indoor: v6

Outdoor: v2 and 5.7 (I don’t climb outdoors much, OK?)

What are your long term climbing goals? To keep climbing on a regular basis and to be the best I can.

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? Nationals and consistent v6

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? TBD

What is your favorite part about competitions? Seeing a route for the first time

What motivates you to train each season? I like to climb and I want to do good in comps

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Fiona Krieger

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Age: 14

Best competition placement: 2nd at a local

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team: The way that we are like a family

Hardest send

Indoor: v6

Outdoor: 5.10c

What are your long term climbing goals? To compete at an Open World Championship

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? In this year, I would like to go to nationals.

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? Every time I try to dyno and land face first

What is your favorite part about competitions? I test my climbing ability and beat people

What motivates you to train each season? To be better than my teammates

Social Media Handle: @fiona_tyne


Max Quivington Dye

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Age: 11

Best competition placement: 1st at Thrash and Dangle 2015

Favorite thing about the Focus Climbing Team: it isn’t a big team

Hardest send

Indoor: v5

Outdoor: v3

What are your long term climbing goals? To climb 5.14/v16 and climb in every country

What are your short term (2017) climbing goals? To climb the rail at Oak Flat

What was your most embarrassing moment in climbing? When my dad comes in and can’t climb like Joe, Jack, or Shawn

What is your favorite part about competitions? I get to climb climbs that are only in that comp.

What motivates you to train each season? I want to get stronger

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