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Chris at Holiday Concert

December 13th, 2009 Comments off

Here is Chris playing the oboe at the school’s holiday concert. He really has picked up the instrument quickly and seems to be enjoying playing. We don’t hear him too often at home, but he has shown rapid improvement.

Holiday Concert

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Chris in Florida Today

December 3rd, 2009 Comments off

A little while back Chris was interviewed for an article for Florida Today. I found the article on the website this morning. Here is the link.

In case the article disappears from their website, I captured the article here.

Here is the content of the article:

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Indoor competitive climbing starts at an early age at On The Edge Climbing Gym in Melbourne.

Boy and girl climbers ages 8 to 19 from throughout Brevard County can join Team On The Edge for competition in sport climbing with belay ropes, or not as high up on challenging boulders using spotters.

“It’s been a really good fit,” said Cynthia Montgomery about her son, Calvin Montgomery, 16, with whom she climbs with two times a week. “He’s tried a lot of team sports, but he really likes this. Here you’re a member of a team, but you’re competing as an individual.”

Stone Middle School seventh-grader Christopher Graves, 13, has been on Team On the Edge for more than five years and has now competed at the highest level, including trips to nationals in Oregon, California and Michigan. Last year he finished 7th in a national competition.

“Everyone knows I climb. I think I wear a climbing T-shirt every day to school,” he said.

One of Christopher’s favorite trips was getting a chance to climb outdoors with his father, Eric Graves, on a recent visit to Moab, Utah.

The numbers for competitive youth climbers is on the way up, said team coach and gym manager Ray Stacey. “At 21 members, it is the most we’ve ever had.”

Practices are held twice weekly at a cost of $85 monthly to participate on the team.

The gym holds in-house bouldering competitions where different routes are attempted with points given for successful climbs. Participants vie for prizes, including cash and climb-related equipment.

“It’s just something we do in-house because there are not that many big competitions during our season which runs from August to December,” Stacey said.

Every kid trying the sport is different, but many improve over time as they get more experienced and stronger.

“Some kids shine right off the bat and can do moves just like more experienced climbers, but this is a sport you can get better at,” Stacey said. “Some are average climbers for years and then all of the sudden, they’re amazing.”

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