Our People

Jay Koh
Managing Director | Route Setter

Jay Koh took up Sport Climbing in Junior College and has been climbing actively since then. He strongly believes that climbing is a constant journey of self discovery that provides limitless opportunities to challenge oneself.

As an accomplished competition climber, Jay has been a member of the National Team since year 2002, representing Singapore in various international competitions. One of his proudest podium would be clinching the Silver medal at the 2011 SEA Games at Palembang, Indonesia. During that year, he was also the Lead Champion for the Malaysian leg of the South East Asia Climbing Federation Circuit. Locally, he has been on the podium almost 40 times, with 20 championships under his name in both lead and boulder disciplines. Jay is also a 4 time National Champion for Lead Climbing in Singapore.

Excelling on natural rock as well, he is constantly exploring new places and has been to some of the most remarkable climbing areas in South Africa, France, Spain, USA, Australia, China, Thailand and Malaysia. He is also the only Singaporean to have climbed sport routes of up to the difficulty grade of 8C/+ and onsights of up to 8a.

Even though he considers himself to be more of a sport climber, he excels on boulders as well and has bouldered up to the grade of  8B / V13. Jay is also a sponsored The North Face SG athlete.

Jay has been coaching since 2005 and has worked with people from all age groups. Some of his clients have excelled in competitions while others derive satisfaction from climbing outdoors. Specializing in peak performance coaching, Jay coaches a select clientele of elite Portfolio Managers and Leaders. Because of his experiences and extensive background while climbing at a very high level, Jay is able to offer such elite individuals an alternate perspective which may be applicable in their professional careers.

Aside from climbing, Jay is an avid diver and holds a Divemaster certification with PADI. He is a certified personal trainer with the Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness(FISAF) and is also a certified TRX Functional trainer.

You can find his competitive and outdoor accomplishments here.

Shirley Chong
Programmes Manager

Shirley had her first Sport Climbing experience when she participated in a SNCS Level 1 course. She made it only halfway up the climbing wall and did not think that she was strong or brave enough to complete the route at that time. Even though it was quite some time ago, she could still recall that her instructor told the class that climbing is not all about physical strength. More importantly, it is about having good climbing techniques and body positions to make your way up the climb. She joined Kinetics Climbing because of her love for climbing. Being surrounded by climbers and colorful holds is a dream come true for Shirley!

Shirley finds climbing intriguing because it challenges her to problem solve and find the best solution (for herself) to get up the wall as there are so many ways to complete a climb. Each climber is unique and has different strengths and weaknesses. To her, the climbing wall at Kinetics Climbing is filled with many puzzles waiting to be solved.

Since 2016, Shirley has gone on to obtain her SNCS Level 2 certification and hopes to continue traveling overseas to climb outdoors.

Ang Ching Siang
Operations | Route Setter

Ching Siang first came to know about Sport Climbing at a young age of 5. His very first climb was on an artificial climbing wall at Genting, Malaysia. Although he was stuck on the climb, the idea of wanting to complete the route was forever etched into his mind. He later re-discovered his passion at the age of 13 when he joined the climbing club in school and has been climbing since then.

ACS was in the pioneer batch of Singapore Youth Climbing Team. His proudest achievement was securing a top 40 position in the Youth Lead Category and a top 16 position in the Speed Category from the Asian Youth Climbing Championship in 2011. He has also attained 30 podiums in various climbing competitions since the age of 13.

As the Operation Executive & Route Setter in the Kinetics Climbing Setting Team, he aims to make climbing enjoyable and fun for all levels of climbers.