GB Climbing Team announced for 2024

Posted by Team BMC on 13/03/2024

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) can today announce the climbers who have been named as part of the GB Climbing Team for the 2024 season.

The 2024 selection process for the disciplines of Boulder, Lead and Speed Climbing, mark the start of a pivotal International season, during which climbers will compete for gold at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. 

A total of 42 athletes have been invited to join the GB Climbing Team, with six of those athletes eligible to compete  in the Olympic Qualifying Series (OQS).

The GB Climbing Team aims to further support the development of athletes to ensure they are equipped to compete for medals at World Championship competitions and future Olympic Games.

Returning to the GB Climbing Team is 17-year old Lucy Garlick. Last year, Lucy became the youngest British climber to compete at a senior level, reaching the finals at the IFSC European Cup at Loverval aged just 16.

Joining Lucy on the team is Rhys Conlon, a combined athlete, who competed in his first international competition back in 2021. Rhys had a successful youth season in 2023, winning his first international medal at the European Youth Cup in St. Pierre back in June of that year. 

 

Boulder

  • AKHTAR, Dayan

  • EDGINGTON, Isabella

  • EDWARDS, Emma

  • FLOCKHART, Louise

  • KERSWELL, Finley

  • MARTINS, Luca

  • ROBINSON LEE, Eugenie

 

Boulder & Lead

  • BOUWKNEGT, Tom

  • BRIDGENS, Connie

  • BRIDGENS, Izzy

  • CONLON, Rhys

  • GARLICK, Lucy

  • HAMMOND, Sam

  • JENKINS, James

  • LILLEY, Imogen

  • MACDOUGALL, Fae

  • MACDOUGALL, Jack

  • MCARTHUR, Hamish

  • MCNEICE, Erin

  • MILNE, Max

  • NUTTALL, Florence

  • POPE, Jim

  • RINALDI, Isabella

  • ROBERTS, Toby

  • SEIKHAM, Harveer

  • STEELE, Tom

  • THOMPSON-SMITH, Molly

 

Lead

  • CAWLEY, Louie

  • FLETCHER, Kaitlynn

  • HEALY, Tom

  • KERR, Hannah

  • NEAME, Jo

  • SUTTON, Isaac

  • WALMSLEY, Joe

  • WILLS, Seren-Wednesday

 

Speed

  • FALL, Matthew

  • FILLINGHAM, Saveena

  • FILLINGHAM, Kishan

  • GOODALL, Andrew

  • HAMILTON, Ava

  • RIGBY, Sam

  • TURNER, Luke

 

Lucinda Whittaker, the BMC’s Pathway Manager (Talent & Performance), said:

“We express our heartfelt appreciation for the dedication and hard work shown by all athletes during the selection process. We recognise the immense effort and commitment each athlete puts in, regardless of the outcome. 

We are committed to providing ongoing support and guidance to help athletes reach their full potential and achieve their goals.”

 

Olympic Qualifying Series

The following GB Climbing athletes, through their International performances are eligible to compete in the Olympic Qualifying Series, to compete for a place at the Paris Olympic Games:

  • Hamish McArthur (combined)

  • Max Milne (combined)

  • Jack MacDougall (combined)

  • Jim Pope (combined)

  • Molly Thompson Smith (combined)

  • Erin McNeice (combined)

 

Paris 2024

Toby Roberts excelled with a gold medal winning performance at the combined European Olympic Qualifiers held in Laval in October 2023, which secured his coveted ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. This historic accomplishment not only marks a significant milestone for Roberts but also establishes him as the first male sport climber to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games.

The start of a new season always brings with it a level of excitement as we see athletes taking their first steps into the world of elite sport on the international stage.

As we head into an Olympic year, the athletes on the GB Climbing Team get to see up-close what it takes to become an Olympian through training alongside athletes competing in the Olympic Qualifying Series. 

The international programme starts on the 5 April 2024 at the IFSC Curno European Youth Cup in Italy. Senior international competition starts on 8 April 2024 at the IFSC Keqiao World Cup in China.

 

The GB Climbing Performance Pathway (England & Scotland)

The GB Climbing Performance Pathway is proud to announce the selection of the England and Scotland Squads as an integral component of the athlete development pathway. These programs provide holistic support to support and enhance the journey for aspiring athletes across the summer olympic disciplines of  Boulder, Lead, and Speed Climbing. These programs aim to support athletes to reach their full potential as they progress along their climbing journey.

The England and Scotland programs, as part of the GB Climbing Performance Pathway are developed in collaboration by the two organisations, to ensure they are aligned. The England Pathway Program activity will be delivered by the GB Climbing department at the BMC, and the Scotland Pathway program will be delivered by Climb Scotland at Mountaineering Scotland.

One hundred athletes join the GB Climbing Performance Pathway in 2024. You can find the squad list on the GB Climbing website.

The BMC encourages our community to follow the team's progress and show their support through various channels, including social media updates and coverage of the championships. The countdown to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has begun, and all eyes will be on Team GB as they compete against the best in the world.

 


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GB Climbing is supported by the BMC, Mountaineering Scotland and Secur-it. Many UK walls also support the GB Climbing team through free or subsidised entry.


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