Meet the Team

Who are we?

The team at City Summit are passionate climbers who have helped to develop the sport of climbing right here in Perth.   You can see some of our smiling faces above!

We love climbing and we want you to love it too.  Ask us anything about our sport and how to get involved.  We will be happy to help no matter what your age or climbing experience.

Damien Hall

Co-founder of both City Summit and Summit Climbing Walls, Damien is the champion managing the business and delivering on his commitment to increase the participation and profile of rock climbing in WA.  In his limited downtime, Damien enjoys the lifestyle that climbing gives and has climbed extensively through Western Australia, the Arapiles and Grampians in Victoria and abroad in Thailand and Italy.  Damien believes there is no better feeling knowing it is just you, your gear and your placements and the rock.

Nigel Ray

Co-founder of City Summit and Summit Climbing Walls, Nigel is the technical genius behind both brands and has been huge part of shaping the community of climbers in Perth. You can either find him glued to his computer designing amazing purpose built climbing walls, onsite building them or out in nature climbing rock.

Jordan Grey

Jordan is our Centre Manager who has been at City Summit for five years pursuing his passion for developing the professional industry side of rock climbing in Australia. He has competed in both local and interstate competitions and loves climbing for mental and physical fitness.  Fontainebleau in France is a favourite climbing destination. Jodan’s climbing style is ‘lazy climbing’ with no wasted energy; referred to as the ‘Sultan of Slope’ and the ‘#betastud’.

Mike Borg-Costanzi

Borg is our Course Director and Climbing Instructor who has been a part of the team since 2013. While he did spend some of that time in England, we made him a permanent fixture when we sponsored him to come back. Borg started climbing at age 4 and loves the diversity that climbing offers “if I get bored of sport climbing there’s always trad, bouldering, ice climbing (not anywhere here),  indoors to outdoors, boulders to mountains…..tomorrow I may find myself pulling on plastic or climbing in a valley and sitting on a ledge that no human has ever touched!”  His favourite climbing is sport climbing on hard, bouldery, gymnastic moves across steep overhanging terrain.

Mitch Day

Mitch started climbing as a way to build strength but when we opened our gym around the corner from his home he became hopelessly consumed in the climbing life.  He manages route setting at the centre, keeping the walls fresh and making sure there is something for everyone to climb.  Mitch loves that climbing is a sport and a hobby and the versatility and freedom that climbing offers.  He also loves playing with ropes and gear in between working on his movement skills on the wall.  The wicked adventures, crazy characters, and incredible locations keep him coming back for more.  Ask him about his competition trials for swimming in the 2012 Olympics!  I hear he also likes cats.

David Barretto

Dave has been with us for the past five years in various roles. Since completing a degree in Sports Science and Personal Training, Dave has taken the aspect of climber training to the next level with our Summit Academy program. He has been a great role model and trainer to our Youth Climbers and motivated and challenged climbers to develop their technique and strength. When not on the rock, you can find Dave cutting up the dance floor.

Chantell Fourie

The majority of Chantell’s climbing experience is around Perth outdoors but her goal is to do multiday, multipitch climbs in as many different countries as she can. Deep water soloing, trad and ice climbing are all styles she would like to eventually specialise in. “Rock climbing really appeals to me because of the travel opportunities linked with climbing crags. It’s also a social sport so there is plenty of opportunities to make epic memories with my buddies!”  When not climbing you can find her hiking, kayaking, surfing or road tripping. Fun fact: Chantell canride the unicycle and likes to listen to jazz music.

Josh Damasco

Josh started climbing at City Summit as part of our Kids Club program and joined the team 3 years ago.  He is the Head Instructor for our Youth Development Squad and a floor staff member. Climbing started as a family activity before things started getting more serious.  Josh loves the mental challenge and social aspects of climbing. “Having a group of awesome people to climb with makes training and wanting to climb so easy.” His climbing style is more technical and static, but whatever the climb requires is how he will climb it. Josh is active in the competition circuit and is driven by the pressure of competition performance. His goal is to make the Australian Climbing Team and climb at the World Cup. His favourite climbing trip has been to the Blue Mountains.

Julian Dear

Julian has always been a passionate outdoorsman, spending his childhood hiking, climbing trees and camping. His love for climbing was sparked two years ago when he started doing climbing and abseiling as part of his studies at Avondale College and he has since completed a Cert III and Diploma in Outdoor Recreation. Julian loves all aspects of climbing but is a huge fan of bouldering. “This is probably due to the fact that I am blessed with a heavy-set frame, that doesn’t lend itself to big sport routes.”  Julian climbs because it combines two things he loves; a physical challenge and nature. He loves the natural high you get from sending something you thought was outside your ability and also sharing the passion of climbing with others.  Ask him about the time he hiked all 1003 kms of the Bibbulmun Track solo at age 18!

Cardin Lim-De Coster

Cardin has been competitively climbing since 2013 and was one of the first members of the Youth Climbing Program. He has gone on to become a Head Instructor for the Kids Club program and has been a member of the Summit Family for close to 7 years. Cardin’s hopes to continue his pursuit in helping the next generation of Young climbers locally at a State level and hopefully one day at a National Level. Cardin loves to climb outdoors and he would love climbing to take him around the world with the close friends he has made within the climbing community.