USA Climbing recently announced that athletes Meagan Martin and Maureen Beck were being added to the organization’s Board of Directors. The additions are part of an expansion of USA Climbing’s Board, ultimately from 10 to 15 directors.
USA Climbing’s CEO, Marc Norman, stated in a press release: “As we work to better serve the entirety of our climbing community and align with US Olympic and Paralympic Committee best practices, we are honored to add two highly respected athletes and leaders in Maureen and Meagan. Both individuals bring a wealth of expertise, insight and energy that will be a welcome addition to our Board of Directors.”
Martin has parlayed a successful competition climbing career into modeling for Athleta and participating in American Ninja Warrior broadcasts. She has also been one of the on-screen voices for USA Climbing—as commentator for several national championships on ESPN. Martin has also been a member of USA Climbing’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.
“It was by luck that I found climbing, and it has completely shaped my life,” said Martin in response to her addition on the Board of Directors. “I am so excited to join the Board and get the opportunity to contribute to the continued growth and success of USA Climbing and its members.”
Beck is one of the most decorated American climbers in the history of the Paraclimbing circuit. Her victories include six national titles and two Paraclimbing World Championship gold medals; she also chairs USA Climbing’s Paraclimbing Committee. She currently works as an instructor at Paradox Sports—and contributed to a CBJ article last year about physical inclusivity at climbing gyms.
“I’m honored to represent the Paraclimbing community on the USA Climbing Board of Directors,” said Beck of her recent appointment. “This position will give us the ability to continue to push the future of the Paraclimbing series to greater heights. I’m looking forward to beginning my work with the other Board members.”
Stay tuned to CBJ for up-to-date USA Climbing news this winter.
John Burgman is the author of High Drama, a book that chronicles the history of American competition climbing. He is a Fulbright journalism grant recipient and a former magazine editor. He holds a master’s degree from New York University and bachelor’s degree from Miami University. In addition to writing, he coaches a youth bouldering team. Follow him on Twitter @John_Burgman and Instagram @jbclimbs