MINI INTERVIEW: Fran Brown Paraclimbing World Champby Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Sep/2012
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Fran Brown, Paraclimbing World Champion 2012
Fran (recently profiled on UKClimbing) was in Paris just over a week ago for the World Championships and even though it was her first international competition she managed to take the title.
UKClimbing.com caught up with Fran very briefly to ask a couple of questions about the competition:
Jack: How long were you over in Paris for, and how many routes did you have to climb over there?
Jack: What sort of standard were the final routes?
Fran: I am not entirely sure as the IFSC didn't disclose this, however the final route was supposed to be set between 7b and 8a. The qualifiers were a 6a and a 7a.
Jack: Any overall impressions of the event? Was it busy? Lots of spectators?
Fran: There were several spectators during the week although significantly less than at the weekend when the other finals were on - when the arena was almost sold out. There was a great atmosphere.
Jack: Any particular high points?
Fran: I enjoyed the final route and the support from the crowd really helped. I also enjoyed the fact that the event was integrated so we were able to watch the able bodied lead, speed and bouldering competition and most of them came of support us.
Jack: Thanks Fran - congratulations!