Worlds biggest climbing competition starts today in Austria!

Posted by Rob Adie on 30/08/2017

The 2017 IFSC World Youth Championships started today and with 1172 athletes competing it will be the worlds biggest climbing competition and is being held on the worlds biggest climbing wall in the brand new climbing centre in Innsbruck. A 24 strong team from GB Climbing are taking part.

The IFSC Youth World Championships take place every year and gather hundreds of the most elite sport climbing athletes between the ages of 14 and 19. This year, there are 1,172 athlete registrations across all categories - representing 50 countries and 5 continents – and climbing will take place for 12 days on the brand-new walls of Kletterzentrum Innsbruck.

You can track the athletes progress via a specially developed app for the event which you can download here.

Combined

This year, the Combined results will be the focus. In addition to medals in Bouldering, Lead and Speed, 20 female and 20 male Youth A athletes, and 6 female and 6 male Youth B and Juniors athletes, will compete in the Combined on the last weekend. Sunday will also serve as the major qualification event for Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, with 13 female and 13 male Youth A athletes to be recommended for selection.

GB Climbing

GB Climbing are fielding a very strong team of 24 athletes most of which are entering all three disicplines of the event and the combined, including some strong Youth A athletes who are aiming to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games. The full GB squad can be seen below. 

Junior boys
James Pope
Peter Dawson
William Bosi
Aidan  Roberts
Luke Murphy

Junior girls
Hannah Slaney
Joanna Neame
Rebecca Kinghorn
Imogen Horrocks

Youth A boys
Maximillian Milne
Kieran Forrest
Severin Domela
Joe Czubkowski
Aiden Dunne
Nathan Whaley

Youth A girls
Kitty Morrison
Gwyneth Uttley
Eugenie Lee
Pippa Watkin
Holly Toothill

Youth B boys
Finley Wood
Hamish McArthur
James Bateman
Stephen Keir

Youth B girls
Emily Phillips
Hannah Smith
Katherine MacDougall
Robin Casey

Coaches
Ian Dunn
Tim Cunnington
Ollie Torr
Rachel Carr
Ellie Howard
Mark Glennie
Molly Thompson-Smith

Tune-in for the LIVE streaming

Watch the world’s best young sport climbing athletes compete in semi-finals and finals at Innsbruck from September 1st-10th, LIVE on the IFSC homepage. The schedule, results, 2016 replays and highlights and more information can be found on the Innsbruck event page.
 
Updates on GB Climbing Team progress will be posted throughout the week on the @BMC_comps twitter feed

 

The GB Climbing Team is supported by the BMC, Berghaus, and Rock Over Climbingand the GB Paraclimbing Team is supported by Birchall Blackburn Law. Many UK walls also support the British Climbing Team through free or subsidised entry.

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