Meet The Team
Devin Sender - Owner and Head Coach
Devin began his journey into sports with gymnastics at the age of three. He was awarded provincial colours many times and represented South Africa in gymnastics at the Kunst Turnen Cup in Germany. A passion for rock climbing took hold when he was 21 years old and a few years later in 2012 he opened Rockfit in Sandton, an indoor climbing gym along with fitness training. At this gym Devin coached and trained many up and coming young climbers, many of whom went on to obtain their national colours. He specifically sent young athletes Christopher Cosser, Matthew Robinson and Kelsey Dowds to compete at International Youth World Championships. In 2016 Devin formed a new climbing club called Rock Monkeys, coaching out of Wonderwall gym in Kya Sands and CityROCK Johannesburg. Devin was appointed as Provincial Coach of the Gauteng Junior Team for the 2018 Junior National event. With the current growth of indoor sport climbing in Johannesburg and its’ popularity widening, 2018 has seen Devin expanding the club into INSIDEedge Climbing, increasing his facilities and coaching capabilities, ready to take climbers to new heights and beyond.
Michelle Dowds - Partner and Operations Manager
An accounts administrator by profession, Michelle takes care of the daily operation of the club including new registrations, managing the class schedule, arranging the calendar, financial controls, social media, and liaising with customers. Volunteering as secretary on the 2017/2018 Gauteng Climbing committee provided invaluable experience administering climbing in the province of Gauteng, and this operational insight has been brought to INSIDEedge Climbing. In addition to continuing to serve as Treasurer on the current Gauteng Climbing Committee, Michelle is also serving a term of office as General Secretary on the 2018/2019 South African National Climbing Federation Management Committee.
Nicholas Meinel - Coach
Nicholas has been climbing competitively for 6 years. From 2015 to 2018 he represented South Africa at the annual IFSC Youth World Championships and has been awarded Protea colours for sport climbing. In 2017 he captained the team that went to Innsbruck, Austria.
On the local competition scene he received gold in lead in 2015, 2017 and 2018. He has also received medals in both boulder and speed national events as well as being awarded gold in the under 19 combined category and silver in the opens combined category at the 2018 SANCF Nationals.
He is passionate about climbing and would like to focus on coaching young athletes and imparting his experience on them.
Nicholas is currently studying at Wits University to be a quantity surveyor and has been fortunate to have received a partial bursary from Wits Sport.