British Bouldering Championships - 15/16 January 2011

Britain's premier bouldering competition will take place over the weekend of 15-16 January 2011 and will be held at the Outdoor Show in London at the ExCel centre!

There are four competitor categories – junior male and junior female (born 1995-1999), and senior male and senior female (born 1994 or earlier).

BMC Open Youth Leading Competition - 27th Nov 2010 - Awesome Walls Liverpool

On Saturday 27th November the BMC Open Youth Event will be held at Awesome Walls, Liverpool.

Team managers will be looking at performances in this event as it will be used as part of the continuing monitoring process for the GB Climbing Team.  Consequently, results will be considered, and will count, when selection for next year's GB team is made after the event.

The Open Youth Competition is open to young climbers born between 1 January 1992 and 31 December 1999 and who are eligible to compete for Great Britain (i.e. holds a GB passport). Others may be invited at the discretion of the BMC. This leading competition is designed to be a fun, but competitive event.

WYCC round up

Will Carroll has kindly allowed us to link to his photos of the competition: The Heats

Finals Day

Wow that was some weekend. 

Congratulations first to Eleanor and Rachel who did really well in their first World Championships finishing 38th and 41st respectively out of the 62 girls in their group.  Natalie Berry made the semi-finals, but at 10th just missed out on a finals place.  Jonny Stocking just missed the Semi-finals with a 27th place after the qualification climbs. Team GB finished in 14th place.

A massive thank you to all the Quickdraws that volunteered at the World Youth Climbing Championships.  According to the EICA facebook the IFSC said “you were the best team of staff and volunteers they have worked with :-)”

Thanks too to Kay Brown for running the face painting/Tattoo stall on Saturday.  Not as busy as we had hoped although the Czech team kept us going, but we raised nearly £40 toward the next round of mentoring.

You can access full results via the IFSC calendar page

Eleanor and Rachel to represent GB at Worlds

The team that will represent GB at the World Youth Championships in September was announced on Sunday and will include Eleanor Hopkins and Rachel Carr in the Youth B girls category.  Ross Kirkland, who is currently suffering tendonitis will be assessed at the end of August. 

Our mentors Natalie Berry and Jonny Stocking will join them, together with fellow Scots, Paul Williamson, Jonny Field, Robert Mackenzie, Dylan Mackenzie and Steven Addison.  This means the Scots could account for nearly 50% of the GB team.

(photo by Anthea MacKenzie)

Angus and William get on the podium at Open Youth Championships

The BMC Open Youth Championship took place on Saturday 24th July at EICA.  There were around 100 competitors including the GB and French national teams.  Competitors were split into their International categories and had 2 qualifying climbs. The climbers were scored using the international scoring system that takes the place a climber finishes in relation to the other competitors over the hold points they score, with the top 8 going through to a final climb.

Quickdraw had 10 climbers taking part on the day

Farewell to the Darrochs

Scott presents a golden Quickdraw chalk bag as a momento to Ally as we say farewell and wish Fraser, Ewan, Ally, Jim and Wendy all the best for their future in Arizona.

British Bouldering Championships Results

Location: - an open sided circus tent in Millhouses Park in Sheffield.  The Junior event took place on Saturday 26th June when 52 boys and 30 girls aged 12 to 16 turned out to do their best on 10 different qualifying bouldering problems graded V2 to V6 for the girls and V3 to V8 for the boys.

There were 4 Scots down for the day.  Rachel Carr (14) and Andrew Barr (16) from Quickdraw with Fraser McIlwraith (14) and Alasdair Johnstone (16).

Weekend Outing to Malham

See Martin's photos in the Gallery of the Quickdraw weekend at Malham being coached by Steve McLure

YCS British Final- Well Done Andrew!

That was some weekend.  187 climbers and families and still room to move around.  Couldn't have done that at many other climbing walls.

Biggest congratulations for the day must go to Andrew Barr, the only Scotland South member to make it onto the podium. Big achievement when you consider that he didn't even qualify for the finals last year. So if you didn't do as well as you would have liked this year don't get disheartened, just get training.

European Youth Series IMST- Well Done Eleanor

Quickdraw's Eleanor Hopkins achieived an excellent 31st place in her first ever round of the European Youth Series at Imst on 5th June.   Only 2 of the GB team made the finals - Shauna Coxey in the Youth A girls finished 6th and Ed Hamer in the Junior boys finished 10th.  Results for the rest of the team:-

Youth B -  Dylan Mackenzie was 34th and Steven Addison 48th. Youth A boys  - Jonny Stocking finished 18th and Luke Tilley was 19th Junior Girls - Natalie Berry was 12th Next round Vienna Austria in August.

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