I have been climbing since I was 9 years old at the Castle Climbing Centre where I still train 5 times a week. I was selected to be on the GB Junior Lead Climbing Team in November 2015 and I have since then been training hard both at the Castle and in the Fitness Suite at school to compete in both national and international competitions. My most notable results this year have been making finals of the Senior British Bouldering Championships in July (bouldering isn't my favoured discipline but I do it as well), coming 25th in the European Youth Lead Cup in Imst, Austria in May (during my GCSEs) and most recently making semifinals of the European Youth Lead Championships in Mitterdorf, Austria, where I came 25th again, but in a larger, stronger field. This gained me a world ranking of 31, which I hope to boost next season by making finals in international comps!
Leading, my favoured discipline, involves climbing tied into a rope-the climbs are longer and you clip into bolts as you move up the wall. Bouldering involves climbing short but more intense climbs over a mat, without a rope-the moves tend to be harder but there are far fewer of them. In other words, leading is like long distance running and bouldering is more like sprinting.
You may well be aware that climbing has also recently been selected to be an Olympic sport for 2020. Unfortunately only the top 20 men and 20 women will be allowed to compete, but the possibly of being an Olympian still motivates me.
Jo Neame 12SIL