World Youth Championships - Report and Videoby Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Sep/2010
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The British team put in some strong performances including Natalie Berry coming 10th in the Female Junior category (after qualifying for the Semis in 1st place!), Edward Hamer coming 17th in the Male Junior category, Kitty Wallace coming 17th in the Female Youth A and Jonny Stocking coming 27th in the Male Youth A.
Reporting on his blog, local climber and coach Robbie Phillips described Natalie Berry's efforts:
"Heading into the first balancy crux, she looked a little off balance, slapping into the next hold she got caught in the quickdraw and looked like she may have come off... the whole crowd drew a breath, she was ok... she collected herself and continued up the wall! After that things looked a lot better, she made all the moves other girls were struggling with look easy! The amazing thing with Nat is just how easy she can make everything look, even when it's not! This is the sign of a very good climber, because even when she's struggling, she can still maintain perfect technique.
Heading into the second half of the overhang, she was looking very solid, making no rushed moves or looking at all pumped. At a big white pocket, she managed to recover a bit... most of the girls before had been falling off before and around these pockets, so she was doing insanely well! She pressed on into the next big pocket and again into another, here she had a big move into the roof jug, only 8 girls had got this far and none of them had made this move look easy! She popped for the jug, not grabbing it right she slipped and was off... ...Natalie finished the competition placing overall 10th in the world!"
Female Juniors Speed
Female Youth A
Female Youth A Speed
Female Youth B
Female Youth B Speed
Male Juniors Speed
Male Youth A
Male Youth A Speed
Male Youth B
Male Youth B Speed
Thanks go to Lukasz Warzecha of LWimages.co.uk for the use of his excellent photos of the event.