This week's Friday Night Video documents the story of 22-year-old Siddhi Manerikar from Mumbai, India. Siddhi grew up in a fishing village and got her start in climbing by playing in cashew trees as a child. Years later, a chance to try indoor climbing opened up a world of opportunities for Siddhi, which led to her becoming the first Indian woman to climb 8a and representing her country on the IFSC circuit.
As part of a project funded by JLL and in partnership with National Geographic, Siddhi was one of 6 young Asian athletes selected to take part in an elite training camp in Japan with GB Climbing Team coach Ian Dunn, where the climbers innovative motion technology to assess strengths and weaknesses. Although she lacks the facilities and opportunities that most competition climbers have, Siddhi isn't letting this get in the way of her Olympic ambitions and inspiring the next generation of female climbers in India.
Watch out for an interview with Ian Dunn about the Stories of Ambition project which will be released next week.