2019 Development Squad selection event information

Posted by Zoe Spriggins on 22/02/2018
2018 Squad members Kieran Forrest and Hannah Kerr at a training weekend. Credit: Jon Garside

For those keen to join the 2019 Development Squad some initial information is provided here.

The Development Squad provides the pool of climbers from which the GB Climbing Team is selected for international youth competitions. 

Selection days for the 2019 Development Squad will take place at Awesome Walls Sheffield on 17 & 18 November. Selection will be delivered following the same format as the selection days delivered in December 2017 for this year's squad.

The performances of climbers at selection will be used to identify those climbers invited to join the 2019 Development Squad.

The 2019 IFSC age categories for Junior, Youth A, B & C will be used for November's selection, and so the youngest climbers eligible to attend are those who are competing in the top of the 2018 Youth D age category.

2019 age category Youth C Youth B Youth A Junior
Year of birth 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Selection day Saturday 17 November Sunday 18 November


Eligibility for attendance to the GB Development Squad Selection Event 2019

There will be a registration process to attend selection

To be eligible to attend selection, all climbers must fulfil condition 1 (Orange), and one or both of the other conditions listed below (White).

2018 National Competitions Junior Youth A Youth B Youth C Youth D
24 Feb, Lead Cup, Sheffield Yes Yes Yes Yes  
25 Feb, Open Youth Bouldering, Nottingham Yes Yes Yes Yes  
28 April, Youth Climbing Series final, Ratho       Yes Yes
19 May, Scottish Youth Bouldering Championships, Eden Rock, Edinburgh Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
9 June, Welsh Climbing Championships, Merthyr Tydfil Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
23 June, Junior British Bouldering Championships, Manchester Yes Yes Yes Yes  
7 July, British Bouldering Championships, Sheffield Yes Yes      
15 Sep, Scottish Youth Lead & Speed Championships, Ratho Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
6 /7 Oct, Junior British Lead & Speed Championships, Ratho Yes Yes Yes Yes  

 

Eligibility for Automatic Selection to the GB Development Squad 2019:

Climbers can also be automatically selected for the 2019 Development Squad, and therefore not required to attend selection.

To do so, climbers must fulfill one or more of the conditions below. (However, current squad members born in 1999 will not be Juniors in 2019 and so ineligible to join the 2019 Development Squad).

2018 International Open Competitions Youth C Youth D
2 - 3 June, Youth Colour Climbing Festival, Imst, Austria Yes Yes
6 - 8 July, Petzen Climbing Trophy, Petzen, Austria Yes Yes
3 - 5 August, Arco Rock Junior, Italy Yes Yes

It is hoped that the information provided here will help those climbers wishing to join the 2019 Development Squad to plan their 2018 competition calendar.

Details about the BMC's 2018 competitions will be available on our website shortly. Mountaineering Scotland provides information about their competitions

Futher details about November’s selection events will follow in due course.


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