Last but not least Hamish McArthur was up and ready, making his European Youth Cup (EYC) debut in Austria. Hamish had a very realistic, some may say pessimistic, view on his performance levels prior to the competition. Hamish stated that, “I’m at the low end of Youth B, so although I know I could
climb well, I wasn’t getting any hopes up for a high finish”. Little did he know that this would be the catalyst to his success in the Europeans. Staying calm is a pivotal aspect of any competition, especially on the main stage, but Hamish stayed composed and for this he was rewarded by qualifying for the second qualifications for the finals on the Sunday. Having climbed at Imst before, Hamish was unsure of the exact routes but had a general idea of what was to be expected. Going from good to better, the second qualification round was a success – on to the final. The final was as expected…tough. “The route was not really my favourite style”, but soldiering through the difficulties Hamish’s performances were rewarded by being placed 5th out of 38 participants. “I’m happy with what I did, I finished top of the 2002 year group and highest placed GB climber which is far more than I expected on my EYC debut. I’ll go into the EYC boulder events and the rest of the season with confidence”. Congratulations Hamish, a performance that you can be proud of.
Overall from the event from the various competition categories and with the help of our Boreal-Allcord (B-A) GB Youth Climbing Team, Great Britain achieved a national placing of seventh. Fantastic effort for all our competitors.
The Youth Color Climbing Festival (YCCF) is a youth open completion for age categories D & C held in Imst, Austria.
Both Katherine and Josh were in the Youth C category this year which meant they were on lead for the first time this year. As there are very few international lead climbing comps for their age category the competition attracts the top young climbers from all over the world, in fact they limited the entry to 60 places and both the boys and Girls were oversubscribed this year.
The first day of the completion is the qualifiers and at the end of the day the top 20 got through to the finals on the second day.
A week after other members of the Boreal-Allcord (B-A) Youth Climbing Team had their chance in Imst, from the 4th to the 5th of June, it was Josh and Katherine’s change to show what Great Britain had to offer on the wall.
Our GB Youth Climbing Team would be competing in two separate categories: Josh in the Pupil 1 Male 2003-2004 (60 participants) and Katherine in the Pupil 1 Female 2003-2004 (62 participants).
Josh, very much like Hamish, was extremely excited to make his European debut at Imst. On the first day the competitors were given six routes to climb, with a variety of different styles required to tackle each one. Out the six routes, Josh had topped five of them in the qualification rounds and showed great promise for the remaining tournament – qualifying eleventh out of 60. With nine competitors topping all six of the routes in the qualifiers, Josh knew that he would have to dig deep to make sure he could compete at the highest level on the second day. After some rest, the second day was here, and Josh seemed ready, the first climb didn’t seem to go as well as the climbs on the first day, but Josh made sure that he pushed through a specific challenge which caused so many others to fall off. I was a lot more relaxed on the second day, knowing that I wasn’t going to achieve a podium finish, but “I think I felt too relaxed, made a silly mistake and came off low down.” This allow others to bypass me and top the final routes. Josh wasn’t dishearten by his first experience at Imst, “Overall I was pleased with my result performance on the first day and achieved my main aim of making the finals. However I was a little disappointed on how my final route went, but I have learnt from this and next year I will go back better prepared and at the older end of the age category.” We look forward to seeing more and more of Josh on the European stage and hope that he can progress to his highest potential.
Katherine was excited from the very beginning, the journey there was an experience in itself with the flight being Katherine first. Katherine was curious about the
competition outside of Britain, knowing many faces within the climbing community, it is a great experience of the unknown that excited her most: the competitors, the country and of course the wall. Katherine experience the pre-wall jitters much like everyone else “I felt slightly anxious about messing up early on but when I started climbing I felt much more relaxed and confident.” Loving every minute of the wall, Katherine enjoyed the variety and challenges that the wall offered – especially the Blue Volumey climb. After, what felt like a less than convincing performance, Katherine had planned a Sunday out on rock (a fab 7a+ line), then the results came in and she had made the final. Sunday would now be fighting for a podium finish against all the other finalists. The anxiety that surrounded her at the start of her first climb was nowhere to be seen, confident and a lot calmer Katherine tackled the final. “Shaking when I pulled out the ground but when I relaxed the moves started to flow and I enjoyed the climb.” Katherine finished 14th out of 63, an achievement that she can be proud of.
Congratulations to all competitors who attended the event and a big well done to Hamish McArthur, Pippa Watkin, Sammy Oakes, Josh Ibbertson and Katherine MacDougall for pushing your hardest and doing extremely well in your respective categories.
Now the work begins again for the next Europeans.
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