Round 2 of the BMC Youth Climbing Series took place at Dynamic Rock in Swansea on Saturday 16th March. It was a great day where 61 young climbers from across South Wales competed.
Read on for a roundup of the day’s events courtesy of Rachel Peach (mother of William who was competing).
To see how everyone got on, you can view the results here: YCS 2013 – South Wales – Results
Saturday 16th March dawned, well pre-dawned in our house, as nerves kicked in early for the whole household. It’s always more difficult to compete at another centre, as it’s a bit like playing a match away from home and always more nerve wracking. I wonder if the Welsh rugby team were feeling as nervous!
Bacon rolls were the order of the morning, as well as one for Boulders senior climbing instructor and coach Tym, who came to collect us at 8.30am. With the climbing gear ready and loaded in the car, we set off for Dynamic Rock.
Wills was quieter than normal on the drive to Swansea, but then that’s to be expected! As always, there is an excited and apprehensive air about as we arrive. This is the last chance for the young climbers to qualify for the Welsh finals in April. The top three will automatically go through to the final and then whoever comes 4th place will get the chance to go too. So it all rides on how they climb today.
The day started with the usual format of the competition with all 61 children warming up, which is fun to see! They then split up into their age categories and off they go. The girls were bouldering first and boys took to the routes.
I volunteered to help out by looking after the youngest age category, the 8 to 10-year-olds. As there were only two girls and five boys we grouped them together. They are so cute, but are amazing climbers and much better than me! They climbed first, which meant that out of the corner of my eye I could see Wills climbing his routes, which in my eye looked hard!
There is always a good atmosphere at the competitions, with parents mingling, kids sitting about chatting, waiting patiently, playing games and watching other climbers climb the routes, which gives them a chance to read the route and work out how they are going to do it themselves.
Wills climbed with an injury and was convinced that he wouldn’t qualify, as his climbing wasn’t at his best, to the point of him coming up to me to say: “Mum, I’ve come last” … What Wills didn’t know was that I’d been asked to write the certificates out (the only one there with neat handwriting) and already knew he’d come 3rd!
Towards the end of the day tensions were getting high… not sure if it was the climbers and the competition, or the parents! After all, Wales were playing at home for the 6 Nations Championship that afternoon and almost everyone wanted to get home in time to watch the big game!
Results time… drum roll… The Boulders youth climbing team did us proud:
– 6 x 1st places
– 6 x 2nd places
– 2 x 3rd places
Rachel Peach, one very proud mum!