News 2016

Title:  Scottish Youth Climbing Champiponship
Date:  06/09/2016

Sean Henchion from Cork and Daire Oglesby from Belfast took 1st and 3rd places respectively in the Male Youth E category at the 2016 Scottish Youth Climbing Championship. Matthew Murray also from Cork finished in 5th place. 

Following two initial qualifying routes Sean, Daire and Matthew were tied in first place together with two Scottish climbers, Lachlann Ross and Reuben Langlands. On the final climb Matthew Murray was disqualified for using an out of bounds hold, this left Mathew in 5th place overall. Daire Oglesby climbed quickly and established a high point on the final route scoring 32 points. Lachlann Ross surpassed Daire setting a new high point scoring 35 points. Sean Henchion put all his competition experience and climbing ability into practice to climb to the top of the route and in doing so claiming 1st pace overall in the Male Youth E category. Full competition results are available via the following link: 2016 Scottish Youth Climbing Championship.

Sean, Daire and Matthew are no strangers to the podium at Ratho. At the 2016 Youth Climbing Series Grand Final these three climbers took all of the podium places. This was an unprecedented result in the history of the Youth Climbing Series - no one region had ever taken an entire podium before. In addition to this result, early last season Matthew was the winner of the Male Youth E category at the 2015 Welsh Climbing Championship, a title he will be defending this coming November.

All three climbers climbers are members of the Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Squad. For more information on the Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Squad please click on the following link: Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Squad.

On the domestic competition front, Sean, Daire and Matthew will compete in the Junior Irish Bouldering League. The Junior Irish Bouldering League is a brand new competition for the 2016/2017 season, it is aimed at young climbers with a good level of climbing experience. For more information on the Junior Irish Bouldering League please click on the following link: Junior Irish Bouldering League.

For more novice climbers the Junior Irish Climbing League is a great introductory competition. The Junior Irish Climbing League is organised on a province by province basis. The first round takes place on the 17th of September, with competitions taking place in Boulder World Belfast, Gravity Climbing Centre Dublin and the Mardyke Arena in Cork. For more information on the Junior Irish Climbing League please click on the following link: Junior Irish Climbing League

Climbing is a great sport of young people, it's fun, it's social, it's safe and it's as challenging as each individual wants it to be. There are a range of excellent indoor climbing walls that offer introductory classes as well as ongoing sessions for young climbers. Additionally there are a number of very well qualified and fully insured outdoor instructors who are able to give young climbers a unforgettable outdoor climbing experience. For more information on how to get young people involved in climbing please click on the following link to go to the Youth section of the Mountaineering Ireland web-site: Mountaineering Ireland - Youth.

If you would like any more information about climbing competitions or youth climbing please contact Mountaineering Ireland.

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