Percy Bishton appointed Chief Routesetter for Bouldering at the Tokyo 2020 Games Press Release

The Climbing Works co-owner Percy Bishton has been appointed Chief Routesetter for Bouldering at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Percy Bishton, IFSC Chief Routesetter and co-owner of the Climbing Works in Sheffield has been appointed as the Chief Routesetter for Bouldering at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Percy Bishton  © Band of Birds
Percy Bishton
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Bouldering will sit alongside Speed Climbing and Lead Climbing to form the Combined Discipline that will make its Olympic debut on the 4th to the 7th August 2020 in Tokyo. Bishton will head up an international team of routesetters to produce a range of boulders which will contain the most mentally and physically challenging moves for climbers across the whole competition.

Bishton's career in routesetting began in 1994 and has set for over 50 international events. In 2019, Percy was on the routesetting team for the inaugural ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar, which included Bouldering as one of 14 disciplines.

Commenting on the announcement, Bishton said "Routesetting has taken me to amazing places all over the world and given me so many memorable experiences, so to add being a part of climbing's debut at the Olympic Games is an enormous privilege. Bouldering can provide moments of magic that few other sports can deliver, so I am looking forward to the athletes getting onto the boulders we set and showcasing this amazing sport to the world".

Next up for Percy is to attend the Tokyo Olympic Test Event for Climbing in March before returning to Sheffield to help organise the Rab CWIF (Climbing Works International Festival) on the 14-15th March. The two-day competition is the standard curtain raiser for the IFSC Bouldering World Cup season where international athletes can sharpen up their skills for the upcoming season.

The Rab CWIF is a part of the Festival of the Outdoors organised by Sheffield City Council to celebrate Sheffield's place as The Outdoor City. Percy will be taking part in a Q&A as a part of the Festival on Thursday 12th March at the Climbing Works reflecting upon his life in climbing, career in routesetting and thoughts on the upcoming Olympics. More information will be available shortly on the Climbing Works website.

The Rab Climbing Works International Festival

CWIF 2020 logo  © The Climbing Works
The UK's biggest and best bouldering competition annually attracts some of the most famous faces in world climbing for its unique combination of hard climbing and having fun. The Rab CWIF 2020 takes place of the 14th and 15th March and will be bigger than ever before with a 30 bloc qualification circuit in the grade range of Font 5+ to Font 7c set by Percy Bishton and other elite standard routersetters with special off-piste problems to try in the evening session. On Sunday, the gear shifts to watch the best of the best fight it out for the CWIF crown where spectators can enjoy the atmosphere on site or via livestream.

Find out more about the CWIF here.

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The Festival of the Outdoors

The Festival of the Outdoors celebrates the beginning of the outdoor season by bringing together loads of great events – all organised by the local community across Sheffield, The Outdoor City. Each event celebrates different aspects of the Outdoor community across the city and gives visitors the opportunity to get involved no matter age, ability or experience. For more information visit here. Percy will be delivering a Q&A as a part of the Festival on Thursday 12th March at the Climbing Works, Sheffield. More information will be available shortly on the Climbing Works website.



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27 Jan

Congratulations Percy

27 Jan

Wow, what an honour! Nice one Percy.

27 Jan

Well done & well deserved

Tony & Sarah

27 Jan

Well done Percy! Over Christmas the Economist magazine had a rather fine article on route setting in it which I found surprisingly interesting, hopefully next time the heavyweight newspapers of the world will be able to interview Mr Bishton as well as the French and German route setters (IIRC).

Didn't Percy once sport perhaps the second most famous set of dreads in climbing after Mr Moon's? I'm sure I remember that from late 90s OTEs.

27 Jan

I am amazed, Percy is clueless.

nice one Percy

mart

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