Five of the eight Moray Young Competitive Climbers have been selected for the Scottish Youth Development Squad following the final regional heat of the Youth Climbing Series at Transition Extreme, Aberdeen on Saturday 24th February.
Natalie Taylor (16), Will Bain (12), Duncan Brown (11), Rhys Taylor (10) and Lorna Brown (8) join climbers from the South of Scotland to complete the Scottish Youth Development Squad. Selection to the squad is made from the results of the three rounds of the Youth Climbing Series (YCS) and there are 30 places available for young climbers from the north and 30 from the south of Scotland. The Scotland Youth Climbing Team will be selected from the Youth Development Squad at the end of March and they will then go on to compete at the British Final of the YCS at the end of April. Members remain on the team for one full year.
The final regional heat was held at Transition Extreme on 24th February and all our Moray Young Competitive Climbers did well in their respective age groups with Lorna coming 1st, Natalie-2nd, Duncan-2nd, Rhys-2nd, Will-4th, Carrie-5th, Rachel-7th and Emma-8th which means their overall series results were: Natalie-1st, Lorna-1st, Rhys-2nd, Duncan-2nd, Will-3rd, Carrie-5th, Emma-6th and Rachel-8th.
If our Moray Young Competitive Climbers’ success has piqued your young person’s interest, Outfit Moray will be running indoor wall climbing classes locally in March at a cost of £45 for the course (3 sessions). The ‘Learn to Climb’ course is available for young people aged 8-15 and can be booked through Outfit Moray’s website. The course will be held over three Tuesdays, 6th, 13th and 20th March and is aimed at beginners.
Indoor climbing is among four new sports to make their debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so you never know how far this beginner’s course can take you, for example, Molly Thompson-Smith tried climbing as a new sport for her 7th birthday and never looked back. At 15 she became the youngest ever climber to win a senior GB competition and at 16 she was ranked number one in the world for her age category.
To learn more about the Youth Climbing Series, visit the Climb Scotland website