In her latest contribution to our Comps Blog, Junior Coach Grace Spence-Green gives her take on what it takes to perform well in (and enjoy) competition. Grace narrowly missed on a place in the finals, finishing 6th in the final round of Blokfest at The Castle. Photo: Molly Thompson-Smith getting ready to let loose on a finals bloc. (photo taken by Rob Russell)
Imagine climbing amongst all your friends, big tunes, great atmosphere, fun challenges, the latest and best climbing holds, and give-aways galore – this is Blokfest and it's coming to the Castle on Saturday 15th February.
Junior Coach and finalist Grace Spence-Green gives her perspective of the Comp Squad's BMC Open Youth Event results.
On the weekend of the 7th-8th of December, the Castle Squad travelled to Sheffield to compete in the awesome BMC Youth Open Event for both bouldering and leading. It was also the qualifier for the Junior British climbing team. Based on their performances, Cameron made the GB Climbing Team, Eugenie the GB Bouldering Team and Jim made both teams, which was absolutely fantastic news for the Squad.
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.
The BMC Leading Ladder is a fun lead climbing competition running at 28 UK walls from 2 November 2013 to 23 February 2014. Each participating wall will set ten BMC Leading Ladder routes ranging from F5+ to 8a. You will have two weeks in which to climb these routes. At the end of the series there will be a Grand Final on 22 March 2014. To be considered for the final you must compete in at least two rounds.
There will be four age/gender categories: Female / Male under 16 and Female / Male 16+
Castle Comp Squad captain, Jim Pope, has won Hackney's U16 Sports Person of the Year. The award recognises an individual who has had outstanding success/achievements within their chosen sport. In addition to objective success, nominees must also have made a significant impact on sport in Hackney, be a role model, have exceeded expectations in their performance and made a significant difference to a team. Over the last two years, Jim has undoubtedly met all these criteria and we congratulate him on receiving this well-deserved award!
The GB junior bouldering team has ended the season on an all-time high, with team captain Nathan Phillips winning gold at the European Youth Cup (EYC) in Laval, France on Saturday 12 October.
In July, the 19-year-old from Holmfirth, now ranked second in the world, became the first-ever junior Brit to get a podium place in a European youth bouldering event, coming third place in L’Argentiere.