Scottish Youth Championships and Paraclimb Scotland: Report

Just weeks after climbing was confirmed as a future Olympic sport, ClimbScotland has hosted its biggest ever climbing competition in Edinburgh.

Young climbers leading in the Scottish Youth Championships, 200 kb
Young climbers leading in the Scottish Youth Championships
© ClimbScotland

The Scottish Youth Climbing Championship at EICA Ratho saw almost 150 climbers taking part in tests of skill and speed on vertical and overhanging walls. At the same time over 30 people took part in the ParaClimb Scotland event, where they overcame a range of disabilities to climb technically challenging routes.

Jamie Smith, ClimbScotland Team Leader, commented: “This was an awesome event to behold! Every time I attend these events, I’m blown away by the standard of climbing in all the age groups. What gets me more though is the support all the young climbers give one another, including those they are in direct competition with. I have never seen this in any other sport and it acts as a reminder of one of the many reasons I, along with many others, love this sport. To think that there may be some young climbers who took part this weekend who may go on to represent team GB at the next Olympics is incredible!  I would like to say a massive well done to all who took part and also to all the volunteers who made the day possible.”

The weekend attracted a record number of participants
© ClimbScotland

In the SYCC almost 120 contestants vied to overcome technical climbs, either leading or on a top rope depending on their age category, ascending routes of increasing difficulty.

This year, 70 contestants took part in the speed climbing competition, with the fastest time clocking in at 11.24 seconds, by Scots climber Angus Davidson. There was also a highly popular mini-speed competition, where young climbers too small for the regulation speed course were able to get a taster of competing against the clock.

Full results of the lead and speed competitions can be found on the ClimbScotland website here.

Results of ParaClimb Scotland, which was also the first round of the British Para Climbing Series, can be seen on the Mountaineering Scotland website here.

The event was sponsored by: Graham Tiso Ltd

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