I first started climbing when my dad took my brother to the local wall, so I tagged along to watch them. I sat and watched, thinking that it didn’t look too hard… so I asked to have a go. At the time I was a gymnast, but I soon fell in love with climbing and became determined to beat my brother!
I carried on climbing until I got a little bit better, when I started competing in little local competitions. These were so much fun and I made some really good friends. However it was very slow progress to make the podium! I eventually began competing in bigger competitions all around the UK. These were a huge step up! And the talent was crazy! The thrill of watching the ladies finals absolutely inspired me. I was also scouted to join an Academy to train, which gave me a huge confidence boost. I made my first big finals when I was 15, being sat in isolation alongside the Worlds best (Shauna Coxey) was a little bit nerve racking! I went out and climbed my 3 climbs in front of the audience…and I was instantly hooked! I loved it!
Learning my skills indoors has also meant I can transfer them to outdoors, which is what it’s all about! I have climbed in many places outdoors, my favourites being the Fontainebleau bouldering in France, St David’s Pembroke, and Cromlech boulders in the Llanberis Pass.
The more climbing I do, the better I get, and the more people I meet. Meeting my closest circle of friends at the climbing wall and being part of a team is brilliant.
I would definitely advise giving it a go, and remember, everyone started somewhere!!