Competition climbing is gearing up in anticipation for the sport being included in the 2020 Olympics and none more so than the youth series of competitions organised by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). It will be the young champions of these competitions that will be in line for inclusion in the British climbing team that will go on to compete in the 2020 Olympics, should sport-climbing make it through the selection process.
Craggy Island climbing centre, Slyfield, Guildford has some of the most promising young talent in British climbing training for the next stage of the British Regional Youth Climbing Series (BRYCS), a major climbing competition to be held at Reading climbing centre in London on 16th Mar
ch 2013. The competition is a league of three competitions with the best three climbers in each age category going on to the national finals to be held at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena on the 15th June 2013.
The Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team has been selected by the centre’s instructors from over 500 young climbers who regularly attend their Kids Clubs to form the team of six. The team, formed in Jan 2013, has already secured two first place and three fourth-place finishes in the first round of this year’s BRYCS held in South West London.
Craggy Islands reputation has long attracted the country’s best climbers, and the team benefits from first class coaching from Mark Croxall (World Bouldering Champion in 2005), Danie Rushmer a former BRYCS winner and team coach Graeme Harwood himself an experienced competition climber. Shortly the young climbers will be boosted by some specialist training from international climbing champion Shauna Coxsey, who is the British No One female climber and who was also ranked third in the World last year despite missing several major international events after breaking her leg.
Danie Rushmer Craggy Island’s general manager who was instrumental in creating the team says, “The excitement generated by the Olympics has spurred us on to create a framework for these talented young climbing stars. It’s early days, but you can see a big improvement in just a few weeks of specialist training, and I can see no reason why they can’t go on to achieve at the highest levels in national competitions.”
The Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team, all from the Guildford area, are pictured at the top from left to right:
Jack Popplewell – 17
Andy Gee – 15
Lucy Bradbury – 15
Miles Graham – 11
Issy Adams – 12
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