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2018 QTCC

So many people to thank! Everyone who assisted in the organising, preparation and successful execution of the 2018 QTCC. A big thank you to the QAA’s valued sponsors who ensured the success of this competition; judges, result scribes and competitors! Where to start?

Suffice to say, there are many photos and a lot of excited chatter about QTCC 2018 on QAA’s Facebook page including detail of our many competition place getters, wonderful sponsors and companies and individuals who graciously donated their time.

QAA’s legendary pinnacle climbing event, held in the grounds of the Sunshine Coast Motor Cycle Club over two days, October 6 and 7, 2018 was featured on Chanel 7 Nightly News via 7 News: Sunshine Coast and QAA’s executive team received plaudits from attendees, competitors and crowd members…..“sensational” … “great organisation” …“amazing prizes and competition” … “just keeps getting better each year”… “ best ever comp!” Congratulations to all competitors –your skill and agility are simply amazing.

Congratulations to all climbers including Jess Hamer, Female Competition Winner and Jamie Boston, Overall Points Champion and Master’s Champion.

Our scoring team worked exceedingly hard behind the scenes to catalogue all results! Competition was fierce. Our top three finalists received paid entry to the 2019 Australian National Tree Climbing Championship (ATCC). While climbers who placed in the top five were given the option to register for the 2019 Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Championships (APTCC).

Jamie Boston was the reigning champion of the weekend. Not only did he take out Master’s champion; winning a Husqvarna T536Li XP® chainsaw, he also won most total points. STIHL sponsored this prize with a MS 462 C-M chainsaw.

Congratulations to our other Masters’ podium winners: in 2nd place Josh Cole and in 3rd place Bryce Wilson.

QTCC Category winners were:

Rookie Category:

  • 1st Darcy Stephens
  • 2nd Hamish Clapham


  • 1st Jamie Boston
  • 2nd Bryce Wilson
  • 3rd Josh Cole

Work Climb:

  • 1st Darcy Olsen
  • 2nd Nick Sanderson
  • 3rd Jamie Boston

Ariel Rescue:

  • 1st Josh Cole
  • 2nd Jamie Boston
  • 3rd Jacob Cubis

Ascent Event:

  • 1st Jamie Boston
  • 2nd Josh Cole
  • 3rd Seb Bainbridge

Speed Climb:

  • 1st Josh Cole
  • 2nd Nick Sanderson
  • 3rd Brett Hamlin

Special award winners included:

  • VTIO Spirit of The Competition- Nick Sanderson; and
  • Special Award for Effort and Style- Tony Atkinhead.

QAA would like to thank all parties involved in the preparation, set-up, running and pack down of the 2018 QTCC. We would not be able to deliver the event without your support and we are extremely grateful. We hope to see you all again next year at the 2019 QTCC.

“Competition was fierce. Our top three finalists received paid entry to the 2019 Australian National Tree Climbing Championship (ATCC).”

2018 AGM

Elections for 2018-2019 QAA Executive Committee Members was held at QAA Cleveland Headquarters on October 23, 2018. QAA President, Roger Rankine; delivered the annual President’s Report which detailed the financials and activities of the Association for the past financial year. Mr Rankine thanked his fellow Executive Committee Members for their dedication and hard work over the year.

A special thanks was extended to the QAA’s administrative support team. Including: Paul Javé our Technical Officer for organising multiple workshops for the benefit of our members. As well as QAA’s Administration and Member Support Team; Jessica Jennings, Rebecca Dalton and Rebecca Tatum. Special mention to Rebecca Dalton who has continued to offer administrative support during her maternity leave. The administration team has been responsible for developing sponsorship, generating workshops and facilitating connections between qualified arborists and their prospective clients.

For more information regarding the elected 2018-19 Executive Committee, other AGM news and upcoming training and development opportunities please visit QAA’s Facebook page and our website www.qaa.net.au On behalf of the QAA staff and Executive Committee we would like to say, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy your break and don’t work too hard! As always stay safe and cool in the upcoming Australian summer. QAA Executive Committee 2018

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