Young Climbers Compete in London

Posted by Mark Alderson on 29/01/2007
Joel Charley 16-17 Champion

The Westway Climbing Centre in London was the venue for the first national Youth Indoor Climbing Championships. More than 60 climbers aged 7 to 17 took part in the roped climbing competition.

The adventurous format followed the British Indoor Climbing Championships rules with some adjustments to allow the two younger categories to top-rope their routes. The result was an exciting day with a marvellous mix of friendly rivalry and competitive tension. It was great to see the more experienced participants welcoming and encouraging the newcomers.
All age groups had a qualification round in the morning where every climber attempted two routes. Lunch was accompanied by a fun climbing competition with prizes sponsored by Urban Rock. The afternoon finals were on-sight; even the 7-9 and 10-12 competitors went into isolation (made that little bit busier and less intimidating by some companying parents).
 
As always, the competition was supported by a throng of volunteers who, without exception, worked hard all day and treated the climbers to a thoroughly enjoyable day of competition.
 
 
 
Results:
 
Female 7-9
1. Molly Thompson-Smith
2. Ellie May
3. Helena Essex
 
Male 7-9
1. Drew Fielding
2. Daniel Mayers
3. Ziggy Webster
 
Female 10-12
1. Maude Galmiche
2. Lily Rosengard
3. Jessica Dowthwaite
 
Male 10-12
1. Philip Charley
2. Cameron Thomas
3. Ben Bradshaw
 
Female 13-15
1. Suzie Zitter
2. Alice Waterhouse
3. Charlotte Ellison
 
Male 13-15
1. Joshua Farrell
2. Christopher Gee
3. Oliver Lynch
 
Female 16-17
1. Michaela Tracy
2. Hayley Moore
3. Heather Richardson
 
Male 16-17
1. Joel Charley
2. James Davies
3. Nathan Kemp
 
The Youth Indoor Bouldering Championships (London) 2007 takes place at the Westway on 10 February.
More details and application forms can be found here.

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