GB Paraclimbing's first competition of the 2017 season - Imst, Austria

Posted by Rob Adie on 11/07/2017
Photo - Katie Baldwin

GB Paraclimbers headed out to Imst, Austria for the first IFSC Paracup of the season - team manager Robin O'Leary reports from the well attended event.

The first round of the IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup took place this past weekend at the Kletterzentrum Imst in Austria. Myself and Belinda Fuller took the incredibly strong  GB Paraclimbing team out to the event.

Wow! There's not much else I can say. 56 competitors giving it their all. No excuses, just grit determination and a drive for success. There are all types of disabilities involved, but doesnt seem to stop any of them.


Coaching the GB ParaClimbing Team is certainly an eye opener. I did it last year, but this year the team had grown, the team bond improved and not only was it a great success, incredibly humbling, but also so much fun.


The GB team are all inspirational to me - they are all my heroes. With two class wins and 1 second place, we got some great results under the belt. As always, we can and will learn from the experience and I have no doubt you'll be seeing more medals over the season.


A fantastic event and I cannot wait to see them crush and to just spend time with the team.again in two weeks. Well done Team GB, you did your country proud!


A massive thank you to Birchall Blackburn LawBerghaus and the BMC for supporting the team. 

 

Full GB Results

Male - VI - B2

John Churcher - 4th

Male - Amputee Leg 

Phillip Mitchell - 7th

Martin Heald - 8th

Josh Senior - 11th

Keith Lynch - 12th

Female - Amputee Leg

Joanna Waterton - 1st

Female - Amputee Arm

Isabelle Walsh - 2nd

Female - RP1

Hannah Baldwin - 1st

Male RP3

Dave Bowes - 4th
 

Full results can be seen here.


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