Archive for March, 2013

28 Mar 2013

1st World Cup of 2013 – Chongqing

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The first round of the IFSC Climbing World Cup 2013 series took place in Chongqing last week.

I was unable to attend due to work commitments but I will be at every other event this year.

Mina, Shauna and Diane all went out to represent and made it through to semi’s. Shauna had a great first comp coming back from injury making finals and coming 5th overall.

Here is the highlights video; can’t wait to be at the next one in France next week!

11 Mar 2013

Blocfest Final

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I’m really going to miss Blocfest, it has been such a great series and super fun!

I can’t wait for next year to see what the guys will do with it, national… international, who knows.

Ben Grubb has been hard at work again putting together an awesome video of the last round.

Great event at the Biscuit Factory with all the key ingredients; funky blocs, strong competitor field, tunes, lights and a huge crowd.

Oh and very happy to become the first ever Blocfest series winner, finishing off with the final round win too.

10 Mar 2013

Round Up

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It has been some time since my last blog, mainly due to the fact that the past few months I have been training heavily and more recently competing in a long run of events;

  • 19th Jan – Blocfest, Reading
  • 2nd Feb – Rocover ROCfest, Manchester
  • 9th Feb – GB team selection event, Biscuit Factory London
  • 16th Feb – Blocfest, Bristol
  • 23rd Feb – Biscuit Boulder Bash, London
  • 2nd & 3rd March – CWIF, Sheffield
  • 9th March – Blocfest, Biscuit Factory London

The majority of these events are put on by walls and takes a huge amount of commitment in terms of organisation, time and money. For people to think that these events are purely commercial ventures is very misguided, sure they make some money on entry from competitors on the day, get a few blogs, videos and news articles in the climbing press but this does not cover the overheads. There are always an army of volunteers and extensive support from sponsors for prizes required in addition to the walls.

So why do they do it? They do it because like us all they love the sport and want it to grow. From my perspective as a competition climber, although tiring mentally and physically, it is great to have so many comps to take part in. There is no better training for comps than comps. To simulate the stresses and strains that a competition brings is nearly impossible (although I am working hard on this). So to all the walls, organisers, volunteers and sponsors – thank you.

In terms of the competitions themselves it seems the standard and depth of competitors this season has really grown. This is no more apparent than on the British Team. We have 20 men & women who are all capable of performing and getting results on the world stage. This is hugely exciting and there is a real buzz amongst the team.

This year the World Cup circuit visits some amazing places;

  • Chongqing, China.
  • Millau, France.
  • Kitzbuehel, Austria.
  • Log-Dragomer, Slovenia.
  • Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Vail, USA
  • Munich, Germany.

Due to a tightening of IFSC regulations this year we are only able to send four men and four women to each international event. This has meant that we have undergone a lengthy selection process.

It must have been a very difficult decision for the management team to decide who would be sent to compete this year and having been recently told that I have made the cut, I am thankful and proud to have been chosen.

I now have 4 weeks to prepare for my first World Cup of the year in Millau, France. I wholeheartedly appreciate this opportunity and I will be giving everything to make the most of it. I feel positive and excited about what is to come.