7 podiums for the GB Paraclimbing Team in Imst

Posted by Peter Burnside on 11/07/2019
The GB Paraclimbing Team in front of the impressive wall in Imst, Austria. Photo: Robin O'Leary

Huge success for the GB Paraclimbing Team in the first of two competition events in the calendar: the Paraclimbing Masters in Imst, Austria. Seven podium places and great results all round is really positive for the team ahead of the Paraclimbing World Championships in Briançon, France, next week on 15-18 July.

The Masters is always a great competition put on by Kletterzentrum Imst and luckily this year was no different. The setting is hard to beat, deep in the Tyrol region of Austria, 50 kilometres west of Innsbruck – with a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains. With 36 degrees C forecast for both days and a large field from all over the world, the GB Paraclimbing Team had its hands full.

Fortunately, the team has been training hard for the world championships, so this event is used as a pre-season kick-starter to iron out any event management issues – such as route reading, timing and preparation – warm-up routines, resting between routes and learning from mistakes that will help us in Briançon.

This competition was set over two days. Three on the first day and two on the second. The routes were brutal from the get-go. No confidence or ego boosters, just straight in, and hard at that. They were technical, crimpy routes with grades not really dipping below 7a for some categories.

Obviously the sport of paraclimbing is in its infancy, so many categories see a large variation of disability. Setting for these categories is hard at best, but the routes split the field well.

We finished the first day with seven potential podium positions.

Day two was arguably easier for most of the team, but with the high heat and fierce competition, there wasn't any room for errors.

On top of experienced international team members, this year we also had many new faces competing internationally for the first time. Seeing such composure from young and up-and-coming athletes is encouraging, showing we have a bright future ahead for British paraclimbing.

The team fought hard and climbed smoothly doing themselves and our country proud. We left with seven podium places, one 5th and one athlete in 9th (in a large and very competitive field).


The team with their trophies after a successful competition. Photo: Robin O'Leary

Results

Joanna Newton AL2 (lower leg amputee) 1st
Richard Slocock B2 (visually impaired) 1st
Jesse Dufton B1 (visually impaired) 2nd
Abbie Robinson B2 (visually impaired) 1st
Matthew Phillips AU2 (Lower-arm amputee) 3rd
Leanora Volpe RP2 (Limited range, power and stability) 1st
Martha Evans RP2 (Limited range, power and stability) 3rd
Ken Ellacott RP1 (Limited range, power and stability) 5th
Luke Smith RP3 (Limited range, power and stability) 9th

This leaves the GB Paraclimbing Team in a great position in the run up to the World Championships taking place in Briancon next week (15-18 July). 20 athletes will be representing Great Britain in France, so please watch out for their progression and offer support over social media.

As always, a huge thank you to the BMC, Oakwood Climbing Centre and The Quay Climbing Centre for their support with the team. The funding the two walls provide allows us to attend these international events.

The members of the GB Paraclimbing Team have huge goals for next year – on rock as well as in competitions, so if you are able to offer financial support, please get in touch with the BMC.


GB Climbing is supported by the BMC, Mountaineering ScotlandClif Bar, and Duco.

The GB Paraclimbing Team is supported by Oakwood Climbing Centre and Quay Climbing Centre. The GB Ice Climbing Team is supported by Montane. Many UK walls also support the GB Climbing through free or subsidised entry.

FOLLOW 🧗‍♀️  @GB_Climbing's Instagram for exclusive photos and results

SCROLL 🐦 Live GB Climbing Twitter updates @GB_Climbing

LIKE 👍 GB Climbing Facebook for more news and pics

WATCH 📺 Our YouTube GB Climbing playlist

VISIT 👀 The GB Climbing site

HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 La Sportiva British Bouldering Championships


« Back

Post a comment Print this article

This article has been read 1943 times

TAGS

Click on the tags to explore more

RELATED ARTICLES

New and improved: the Paraclimbing Championships
0
New and improved: the Paraclimbing Championships

Paraclimbing is getting a makeover: we're pleased to announce changes to the paraclimbing national competitions for 2019. Find out what's going to happen and how to get involved.
Read more »

Shauna Coxsey wins Bronze in Boulder World Championships 2019
0
Shauna Coxsey wins Bronze in Boulder World Championships 2019

GB Climbing’s Shauna Coxsey claims bronze at the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan. The third-place finish puts her in a strong position for Olympic qualification which will be decided early next week.
Read more »

GB Climbing in Hachioji: first step to Tokyo 2020
0
GB Climbing in Hachioji: first step to Tokyo 2020

Six of our GB Climbing athletes are in Hachioji ready to see if they've got what it takes to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This week not only marks the start of the IFSC Climbing World Championships Hachioji 2019 but also the first official Olympic Qualifying Event in the history of Sport Climbing! Find out who will be representing us and how to watch all the action here:
Read more »

Post a Comment

Posting as Anonymous Community Standards
3000 characters remaining
Submit
Your comment has been posted below, click here to view it
Comments are currently on | Turn off comments
0

There are currently no comments, why not add your own?

RELATED ARTICLES

New and improved: the Paraclimbing Championships
0

Paraclimbing is getting a makeover: we're pleased to announce changes to the paraclimbing national competitions for 2019. Find out what's going to happen and how to get involved.
Read more »

Shauna Coxsey wins Bronze in Boulder World Championships 2019
0

GB Climbing’s Shauna Coxsey claims bronze at the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan. The third-place finish puts her in a strong position for Olympic qualification which will be decided early next week.
Read more »

GB Climbing in Hachioji: first step to Tokyo 2020
0

Six of our GB Climbing athletes are in Hachioji ready to see if they've got what it takes to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This week not only marks the start of the IFSC Climbing World Championships Hachioji 2019 but also the first official Olympic Qualifying Event in the history of Sport Climbing! Find out who will be representing us and how to watch all the action here:
Read more »

BMC MEMBERSHIP
Join 82,000 BMC members and support British climbing, walking and mountaineering. Membership only £16.97.
Read more »
BMC SHOP
Great range of guidebooks, DVDs, books, calendars and maps.
All with discounts for members.
Read more »
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Get covered with BMC Insurance. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest.
Read more »