TCA Youth Squad News
The Climbing Academy Ellis Brigham Youth Squad members Matt Gooder, Lucy Taylor and Anya Ferino all qualified for the BMC South Climbing series national final held on the 15th June at The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena.
All three climbed amazingly well at the final, but Anya Forino really stood out. Having won all three qualifying rounds she continued in the same vein and won the final. She is a very talented climber and someone to keep an eye for the future. Lucy fought hard to place a very respectable 6th and Matt, who only joined the squad in November and has never competed in the series before, came 12th from a field of 33. The South West Team placed second overall beating teams from 9 other regions from throughout the UK. This is a fantastic achievement for the South West.
Squad member and British Bouldering team member Hamish Potokar, travelled to Grindelwald, Switzerland to compete at the European Youth Bouldering Championships. This was Hamish’s first international competition as a member of the British Junior Bouldering Team. He placed 16th overall, this is an amazing achievement, especially when you consider he spent the week before doing his GCSE exams.
In between revising, James Squire convinced his parents to take him to Dinas Rock. Clearly all that revision has given him some extra power as he did Jed Black, graded at V12 this is an amazing ascent!
Meanwhile, in Glasgow...
This year more than 850 kids from across the UK battled hard through three regional heats to try to make the final of the BMC Youth Climbing Series held at EICA Ratho on the 15th June. The format of three routes and three boulders is designed to test the kids all round climbing skills and the members of the TCA Glasgow Youth Squad all showed they are more than just 1 trick ponies.
Five members of the 2012/13 squad made it to the finals by finishing in the top 3* of the Scotland South region and all did incredibly well. They were among 300 or so other finalists who also made the cut! Here is a quick run down how our stars did.
In Youth D Boys, fellow Scotland South team member Mathew Fall narrowly pipped Rory Whyte to first place. The difference, a matched handhold on one boulder problem! This little rivalry has been consistent through the rounds and it will be exciting to see the boys keeping on pushing each other in years to come.
In Youth C Girls Rhiannon Freireich did well to come back from a recently broken arm. Though not back to her usual high-flying form, she put in a great performance on the routes and finished a respectable 24th. Lucy Rosswho was called up due to an injury in the Scotland South team, climbed out her skin to finish in 13th place and was the top Scottish girl in Youth C.
Rory Schoehuys fought hard in a tough Youth C Boys category to finish in the top half of the field in 16th place. A few technical errors on two of the routes dropped him more places than the quality of his climbing deserved, but he showed he could compete with the best and is psyched for more next year.
Last but not least super strong Euan McFadyen held on to joint 1st right up to the last climb, where a lack of route practice was all that showed him up. A few tricky clips drained his normally incredible power just enough to leave him a few holds short of the top dropping him to 5th place. An impressive result after only a year and a half of climbing and no doubt he will have caught the eye of the British Team coaches.
Well done to all!
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