Wollongong has a new world class indoor climbing gym in Fairy Meadow.
Dynomite Indoor Climbing Gym is the result of climbing enthusiast Luke Magill wanting a state-of-the-art facility where people anyone interested in the sport can challenge themselves or train for competition.
Mr Magill said Dynomite is an indoor climbing gym specialising in bouldering (otherwise known as unroped climbing). There are only five bouldering gyms in Australia.
“The gym has been architecturally designed and built by leading European company Walltopia. They flew their team out to install it. It is pretty well equipped,” Mr Magill said.
“I work in the local area as a psychologist but I have also been a rock climber for over 20 years. I have climbed overseas in Europe and all over Australia. I decided to set up this type of facility just so local climbers can have a world class training venue.”
The gym features four metre free-standing boulders and walls with over 250sqm of bouldering terrain and 120 boulder problems for all abilities.”
Mr Magill said the new gym he and his wife Alice have opened in Montague Street has been 12 months in the making.
A soft opening was done two weeks ago and since then many local climbers had tried it out and word is starting to spread through the Wollongong community.
Adult supervision is required for children under 16.
Mr McGill said a few larger centres had gone up in Sydney recently.
“It is booming as a sport. It has been included in the Tokyo Olympics as a demonstration sport,” he said.
“We have one high school student training with us who has just been picked in the Australian team to compete in the World Youth Championships.”
Mr McGill expects the centre to be popular because it is gymnastic, fun, social and good for fitness.
“We hope to get a lot of uni students involved. We have already had a group booking of 35 students,” he said.
Mr Magill said the official opening will happen soon but not before a few finishing touches are put in place.