A huge number of young competitors took part in the 2014 grand final of the BMC Youth Climbing Series, held at the massively impressive Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho on 28 June.
The BMC Youth Climbing Series is always a busy event, and this year was no exception.
Finalists qualified through the regional rounds held in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland in spring. Over 870 young people took part in total - the most popular year yet.
Virtually all those invited took up their invitation to take part in the final, so the turn out on the day was impressive - 301 young competitors!
Additionally, most competitors were accompanied by two or three supporters - some even more - so you can imagine the vast space required to accommodate that number of people.
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho Arena buzzing and the whole day was absolutely fantastic with competitors and parents having a great day and those competing giving of their very best.
To add to the atmosphere, members of the GB Junior Team were helping out by demonstrating the routes. The GB Team are role models to our young climbers in the Youth Climbing Series and competitors were excited to see their heroes: Molly Thompson-Smith, William Bosi, Jim Pope, Angus Davidson, Emily Allen, Ellissa Bryant, Aiden Dunne, Rory Cargill, Catrin Rose, Rebecca Kinghorn, Cameron McLaughin.
The standard of climbing in the series continues to rise each year and this year was no exception with some amazing individual performances. In order to split the competitors there were super-finals in male D and female C categories.
Competitors from The London & South East Area amassed the most points, as a group, so they took the team prize.
Everyone went away wanting to improve their climbing and already looking forward to next year's series.
What a great day!
WATCH: the final of the BMC Youth Climbing Series 2014 on BMC TV
The the top ten placed English, Welsh and Scottish children in Youth B & C from this year's final are invited to two BMC National Academies in their area, one in September and one in January. Those in England and Wales are invited to attend their BMC Regional Academies too.
English, Welsh and Scottish children in Youth B & C who make the final in either of the BMC Open Youth Lead or Bouldering Competitions on 25 and 27 July are also eligible to attend the National Academies.
Full results are here as a PDF
More information about the BMC Youth Climbing Series
BMC thanks supporters
The BMC would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the event. This includes the vast number of enthusiatic and dedicated volunteers who do such a fantastic job. They judge, chaperone, belay, demonstrate routes, score the event, register competitors, allocate T-shirts, warm up competitors, run errands, and so on, the list is virtually endless. The event really couldn't take place without their outstanding and unstinting support. And, also, let's not forget the young people themselves and all their numerous supporters!
Thanks also go to all the professionals who work at the event. This includes the staff at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena: Ratho for making us feel so welcome, the route-setters for great routes, the BMC and MCofS staff both present at the event and those in the office who work behind the scenes.
Finally, thanks also go to the various sponsors of the event: Entreprises, Mammut, DMM; and the organisers: the BMC, BMC Cymru / Wales; MC of S and MI.
See you next year!