We met Lisa when she joined the This Girl Can photoshoot at Manchester Climbing Centre. After hearing how she started climbing as a family activity, and how she still climbs with her son Oliver, we wanted to find out more. Here she tells us a little about her introduction and subsequent passion for climbing.
“About five years ago, my husband John booked us and our two sons, Oliver and Harvey, on a family induction at Wolf Mountain climbing centre in Wolverhampton. We had a great experience! We refined our newly found skills and Oliver was keen to continue, so we put his name on a waiting list for Cubs courses, which he started a few months later. Since then, Oliver's ability has flourished and he's now competing in the MYCS and the Youth Climbing Series run by the BMC. He has enjoyed many successes and as his parents we are very proud.
“We have met so many great people through the competitions; we all meet up regularly to climb together, both parents and kids. It’s amazing to be able to share something you enjoy so much with your children, and with other families – climbing is a perfect activity for everyone to participate in together. I feel so lucky that I can climb with my son, so I get to keep fit and socialise without the trouble of fitting it around family life.
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“I also started attending free coaching sessions around three years ago with a great bunch of likeminded ladies of all ages and abilities. I've made even more friends since attending these sessions and learnt so much – I'm still learning everytime I go!”
“Although I mainly climb indoors, Oliver and I have climbed bouldered and top-roped outside on occasion, although no where near as much as I would like! But when I have, even though I've been a little scared, I've thoroughly enjoyed it.
“Climbing is such a fantastic sport. We've met so many great people, learnt an amazing amount, and I've become strong and toned! If I could, I'd love to climb all the time.
“This Girl Can! And, thanks to the BMC, I'm proud to say I did.”
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