2014 GB Junior Climbing Teams selected

Posted by Rob Adie on 09/12/2013

After the Open Youth Events held in Sheffield over the weekend of 7 & 8 December, the following climbers showed that they were worthy of a place on the GB Junior Climbing Team for the 2014 season.

GB Junior Lead Climbing Team

At the selection meeting held after the Youth Open at The Foundry Climbing Centre the following climbers were selected:-

Junior Girls
Sarah Pashley
Rebekah Drummond

Youth A Girls
Molly Thompson-Smith (Team Captain) *
Tara Hayes *
Ellissa Bryant

Youth B Girls
Rebecca Kinghorn
Catrin Rose
Emily Allen

Youth C Girls
Pippa Watkin
Abbie Rivett
Kitty Morrison

Junior Boys
Buster Martin
Connor Byrne

Youth A Boys
Peter Dawson *
William Bosi *
Alex Waterhouse *
Jim Pope *
Angus Davidson **

Youth B Boys
Dominic Vincent *
Cameron McLoughlin
Aiden Dunne
David Taylor
Rory Cargill

Youth C Boys
Hamish McArthur

Junior GB Bouldering Team 2014

At the selection meeting held after the Youth Open at The Climbing Works the following climbers were selected:-

Junior Girls
Rachel Carr - Team Captain

Youth A Girls
Tara Hayes*
Gracie Martin
Molly Thompson Smith*
Sidonie Graham
Natasha Allcock

Youth B Girls
Alexia Basch
Becky Whaley
Sylvia Koeck
Eugine Lee

Junior Boys
Hamish Potokar
Max Ayrton

Youth A Boys
Ed Mabon
William Bosi*
Pete Dawson*
Alex Waterhouse*
Jim Pope*

Youth B Boys
George Morris
Dominic Vincent*
Kieran Patterson
Jack Ramsden
Tommy Matthews

No athletes selected for Youth C due to there being no international Youth C competitions.

* is an athlete who has been selected for both Junior Lead and Bouldering Teams.

** is an athlete who is currently a Team Member who is injured and will be re-assessed at a later date.

Results from the BMC Youth Open Events in Sheffield December 2013 

 


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1) Anonymous
09/12/2013
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2) Anonymous User
09/12/2013
Seriously?! Ridiculous decision to leave out someone due to one not so good result knowing it doesn't reflect their recent form! This whole section process needs to be radically improved.
3) Anonymous User
09/12/2013
Well done everyone who made the team but I think that you should take in to consideration some of the other comps as well:(
4) Anonymous User
13/12/2013
How come the selection criteria never seems to be followed? Seems a bit unfair
5) Anonymous User
14/12/2013
Hi - is there another selection event in the March assessment as there was last year or is that it for the next year
6) Rob Adie (author comment)
16/12/2013
Hi All,

The selection criteria for the team is followed every year when selecting the following seasons team and other events are taken into account, but the results from the December OYE do make up the main basis of the selection. Slots in categories are well contested but at the same time, slots will not be filled if there is no one climbing at the right level to warrant a place on the team.

If you feel that the criteria has not been followed correctly please contact me at rob@thebmc.co.uk

Regarding the assessment - details of this have been sent direct to team members.

Cheers

Rob
7) Anonymous User
16/12/2013
So whilst the team selection based on the Dec has been made selection continues throughout the year as per the selection criteria below:

• December: BMC Open Youth Bouldering Event – this is Round 1 of the Junior British Bouldering Championships.

• March: Inaugural Team Training event. This is an invite only event. It is not a competition, but competition style blocs are set. Some boulderers who were not selected at the December Youth Open may be invited to this event so that the Selection Committee can see how they perform on these. If they perform well it is possible that they could be selected for the Team.

• May: MCofS Scottish Youth Bouldering Championships – This is Round 2 of the Junior British Bouldering Championships.

• August: BMC Open Youth Bouldering Event – this is the Final Round 3 of the Junior British Bouldering Championships.

The important point to keep stressing is that a competitor can be selected for one of the GB Teams, at any of the events listed above if their performance meets the required levels. These levels are set out in detail below.
8) Rob Adie (author comment)
16/12/2013
Yes that is absolutely true, competitors can and have been in the past invited onto the team on the back of superb performances at the various events you have listed, even though they have missed or not done as well at the December event after which the new years team is announced every year.

However at the end of each season the team management select a team consisting of team members who have done well throughout the year and any new talent that has appeared and done well at domestic events during the year, but of course the team management will make decisions based on form that is as current as possible i.e. likely to carry over into next years season, which is mainly based on the results from the December Open Youth event.

Hope that makes sense.

Cheers

Rob
9) Anonymous User
17/12/2013
Thanks Rob - so in the spirit of openness and providing impetuous to continual development ; in 2013 how many people were selected for the team during the events throughout the year ?
10) Anonymous User
18/12/2013
Maybe we should not discuss what happened or didn't happen last year, but rather focus on what is going to happen this coming year. At least that's my view.
It would be interesting to know what the actual selection criteria are, at what events new selections could be made and who the members of the comitee that makes the decisions actually are.
11) Rob Adie (author comment)
19/12/2013
In response to:

9) I have asked the team management about this and will get back to you when they get back to me.

10) The selection criteria is available here - www.thebmc.co.uk/Handlers/DownloadHandler.ashx?id=1024 - and the junior team management team is made up of Ian Dunn, Tom Greenall, Lucinda Whittaker, Clive Phillips and Tony Smith.

Cheers

Rob
12) Anonymous User
22/12/2013
Will the lead team be getting an assistant team manager for 2014?
13) Rob Adie (author comment)
02/01/2014
In response to number 9 - here is the team managers response to the question.

2014 Team

We used the December event as the prime selector.

In the Junior Boys Buster Martin and Connor Byrne were selected based on EYC finalists in 2013 and also based on Connors result at the BLCC Junior and Senior.

Kitty Morrison was also picked for Youth C based on her BLCC result as well as her Youth Open result.

2013 Team

Charlotte Garden based on her semi final in the Worlds and EYC Final in Edinburgh.

Cheers

Rob

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