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ADMINISTRATIVE Finding MAC History in an Unlikely Place S


tone Summit Rock Climbing Gym sits just off of Highway 85 in Atlanta, an unassuming location for a state-of-the-art indoor climbing gym. Stone Summit was the hosting gym for the 2010 Sport Climbing Series Youth National Championship (SCS nationals). Athletes from ages nine to 19 wandered throughouot the gym under precip- itous multi-colored rock walls with steep overhanging terrain and heights from 60 to 80 feet, intimidating heights to any climber. Amongst the crowd of hundreds of


climbers was a representative of the newest competitive sport at MAC. With short red hair and standing about four and half feet tall, Olivia Durant is the fi rst MAC climbing team member to represent the club at SCS nationals. Perhaps more amazing than that, Durant has been climbing for less than a year. As MAC ushers in new levels of competi-


tion in new sports, the competitive history of the club’s roots is never far behind. As head coach of the MAC climbing team, Peter Julia is always on the lookout for inspiration, devotion, and examples of tradition to build the new team. On the recent trip to Atlanta,


Julia had the opportunity to spend time with Durant, her mother, Kristina, and the climbing team’s member coach, Avery Cook. During some of the group’s downtime in Atlanta, they decided to stop by a handful of antique shops. As the group wandered through a cluttered musty building stacked with antiques of all kinds, Julia spotted a familiar symbol, something he sees nearly every day. Julia called out to the others to see what he


had found: a winged M. “We were all in disbe- lief staring up at a red sports pennant with a white border at the base, a white winged M, and the letters A, A, C vertically aligned down the pennant,” Julia says. “I recalled the history I had learned during my year-and-a-half of employment at the club: the letters stood for Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club.” The four huddled around the pennant,


astounded by the odds of fi nding such a rich piece of club history on the other side of the country. “We all quickly decided that we could not


leave without purchasing the pennant,” Julia says. “We left the store excited about our


Peter Julia, Avery Cook, Olivia Durant and Kristina Durant show off their historic souvenir.


fi nd but even more excited that our youngest athletes at the club, participating in our newest competitive discipline, always have the oppor- tunity to discover their roots.” WM


GALA 2010


16 | The Wınged M | AUGUST 2010


A NIGHT IN THE PARK


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