GB Climbing Team Set for Final Stage of Olympic Qualifier Series

Posted by Team BMC on 19/06/2024
Image: IFSC, Kazushige Nakajima⁠

The Olympic Qualifier Series (OQS) is reaching its finale at the Ludovika Campus in Budapest this week. 48 of the top climbers from around the globe will vie for their last chance to secure a spot in the Boulder & Lead event for Paris 2024.

The climbers will earn their Olympic quotas based on a points system, where a maximum of 100 points can be accumulated. The winners of the first round in Shanghai last month gained 50 points, and another 50 points are up for grabs in Budapest.

Great Britain's Erin McNeice, who celebrated her first-ever international podium finish in Shanghai, brings a strong 41 points into Budapest. Meanwhile, Hamish McArthur, who finished 8th, aims to improve his standing in Hungary and add to his points tally. 

Joining McNeice in the women’s competition is Molly Thompson-Smith who placed 13th taking 28 points in Shanghai. For the women’s Boulder & Lead provisional standings click here.

In the men’s competition, Jack MacDougall looks to build on 28th (13 points), Max Milne 38th (3 points) and Jim Pope on 40th (1 point). For the men’s Boulder & Lead provisional standings click here.

Paul Ratcliffe, Chief Executive Officer of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), said:

“I know that the team will relish this opportunity to compete in Budapest, and I’d like to recognise all the Personal Coaches and GB Climbing coaches for the hard work and expertise they have put in to prepare the athletes for the event. Also, thank you to Parthian Climbing and the setters for hosting the OQS training simulations and helping get our athletes ready for this competition.  

I would like to wish Erin, Molly, Hamish, Jack, Max, and Jim the best of luck as they step out onto the mats on Thursday.” 

The top ten Qualification will be limited to twoSport Climbingathletes per nation per gender for Boulder & Lead combined.  

The OQS in Budapest, Hungary will play out from 20-23 June and is the final chance for sport climbing athletes to secure an Olympic quota for Paris 2024. The event will culminate on Olympic Day, Sunday 23 June

GB Climbing team for the 2024 OQS series:  


Erin McNeice  

Molly Thompson-Smith  


Jack MacDougall   

Hamish McArthur  

Max (Maximillian) Milne  

Jim (James) Pope  

GB Climbing Coaching team  

Rachel Carr, GB Climbing Coach & Head of Delegation   

Personal Coaches  

Ellie Glennie  

Mark Glennie  

How to watch sport climbing at OQS live

You can watch all the action from OQS in Budapest including sport climbing competitions live onOlympic Channel via and theofficial Olympics app for mobile devices.

 OQS 2024 Budapest - Sport climbing schedule

All times local Central European Time (GMT +1 hours). Start times of events are provisional and subject to change.

Thursday 20 June

12:00 - Men's Boulder & Lead - Qualification, Boulder

12:00 - Women's Boulder & Lead - Qualification, Boulder

Friday 21 June

10:00 - Men's Boulder & Lead - Qualification, Lead

10:00 - Women's Boulder & Lead - Qualification, Lead 

Saturday 22 June

10:00 - Men's Boulder & Lead - Semi-final, Boulder

10:00 - Women's Boulder & Lead - Semi-final, Boulder

14:00 - Men's Boulder & Lead - Semi-final, Lead

14:00 - Women's Boulder & Lead - Semi-final, Lead

Sunday 23 June

10:00 - Women's Boulder & Lead - Final, Boulder

12:05 - Women's Boulder & Lead - Final, Lead

15:30 - Men's Boulder & Lead - Final, Boulder

17:35 - Men's Boulder & Lead - Final, Lead 


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