Thursday, 10 July 2014

Imst, Austria. Paraclimbing Competition July 2014

Nine members of the GB Paraclimbing Team travelled to Austria to take part in a Paraclimbing competition. This is the first time that Austria has hosted a paraclimbing world cup.
Imst was the location for this outdoor climbing event.

Day 1
Started out warm, but cooled down which was better for the climbers. I was feeling a bit nervous as I had never climbed on a wall like this! The competition started at 2pm. I was the last to climb of all the competitors. Knowing that most people had topped the routes, the pressure was on.
Successfully topped all 3 climbs for day 1. By the end of day one the weather was blowing an absolute gale and the climbing structure was rattling well! 
Caller - Mark McGowan

Day 2
A cooler start to the day, better climbing conditions.
3 more climbs today. Unfortunately I did not top out any, although got very close on two of them.

Results for Visual Impairment category, B2

1st.        Mathieu Barbe.       France
2nd        Gwynfor Roberts.   GB
3rd.        John Churcher.      GB

A very successful competition for the GB Team.  Pleased with my performance only dropped 20 points overall. 

Quite a bit of extra weight to bring home. 
Looking forward to next event at the end of August, in Arco, Italy.

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