The hard training this autumn term has paid off with not one, not two, but THREE squad members selected to compete on the British Team next year. Selection took place on the 7th and 8th of December at the Open Youth Events in Sheffield. As this was selection for next year's team, some competitors were moved up an age category.Eugenie Lee and Jim Pope were selected for the Junior British Bouldering Team and Cameron McLoughlin and Jim were selected for the Junior British Climbing Team.
Saturday saw competitors take part in a bouldering competition at the Climbing Works. Of the 7 squad members who competed, 5 made it to the finals. Special mention goes to Grace Spence-Green (pictured below left), the squad's junior coach, qualifying for first place in the Junior category and finishing second. Eugenie Lee and Yasmin Roberts both qualified for their final (Female B) with Eugenie narrowly missing out on a podium with fourth place and Yasmin coming in 7th in the largest category of the competition. It was a good day for the Roberts family with Yasmin's older brother, Sam, also coming 7th in his category (Male A) and Jim Pope (picture below right) coming second in the same category. Stan Harris was the unluckly 0th finisher in his category (Male B) meaning that he just missed out on the final. In her first national level bouldering competition, Zoe Ramsden (Female A, pictured above) came 18th.
On Sunday, the climbers went to The Foundry for the lead team selection. Cameron McLoughlin (pictured below) had chosen not to compete the day before in order to focus on the lead event. This paid off as he earned the Squad's best result of the day with a 2nd place in the Male B category. Stan Harris, also in Male B, made his second national final and finished 6th. Jim Pope, who had been pre-selected for the team, confirmed his position with a 5th place (Male A) while Sam Roberts came in joint 11th in the same category.
Grace Spence-Green, probably tired from her efforts the day before, missed out on a final position by one place coming in 5th (Female Junior). In the Female A category, Zoe improved on the previous day's performance coming in 9th in a very competitive category. Perhaps the unluckiest climber that weekend was Jo Neame, who had qualified for the final in 2nd place and was set to get a podium when she came off trying to make an awkward clip on the wrong route, ending up 6th overall (Female B). In the same category, Yasmin Roberts came a very creditable 11th. In Female B, Eugenie Lee finished 16th.
The Squad is divided into two streams, with Group A competing nationally and aiming to be selected for the British Team and Group B aiming to make national finals in the BMC's Youth Climbing Series. The team has also been competing in the Blokfest bouldering series.