Team member profiles - Paraclimbing Team
- Graeme Hill - Team Manager
- Andy Coltart - Assistant Team Manager
- Ian Dunn - Team Support & Competition Route Setter
- Thomas Bond - Physiotherapist
- Mark Wilkinson - Physiotherapist
Best Competition Results:
1st in the ISFC World Paraclimbing Championships Paris 2012.
1st British Paraclimbing championships 2012 and overall series winner
Disability: I am an incomplete tetraplegic following a C4 spinal cord injury and am a wheelchair user.
Influences: Climbers I admired as I was growing up and learning to climb such as Gaz Parry and Leo Houlding. More recently my coach Jimmie Gustin.
Why do I climb: I started climbing age 11 and have always enjoyed being part of the climbing community. I relearnt to climb with my disability and am an adrenaline junkie at heart. I also love training hard and seeing the results!
Aims and ambitions: Defend my world championship title in 2014
Disability: I have Usher Syndrome, Type 2, which affects my sight and hearing. I am registered Blind, with tunnel vision due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. This means that I can only see a very small area at a time and require the help of a spotter giving instructions to locate each hold. I climb as a B2. I wear 2 hearing aids. I have a Guide Dog called Annie. My daughter's friends ask ' How does Annie get up the wall?'
Best competition results: 2nd in VI category of National BMC Paraclimbing competition 2013.
Best climb outdoors: Top roped E2, and I also lead routes.
Best climb indoors: 6C
Influences: I admire Bear Grylls for his sense of adventure and his attitude towards overcoming challenges.
Aims and ambitions: To improve my climbing skills and compete internationally.
Sponsors: None at present. Open to offers!
Age in 2013: 14 years old.
Best competition result: BMC Paraclimbing Series winner 2013 in Autism category.
Disability - Autistic spectrum disorder and learning difficulties.
Why do you climb: Climbing is exciting, fun and amazing. It makes me feel happy and is something I can do well.
Influences: I only started climbing in November 2012. Tom Hudson my High Sports instructor is an amazing guy. He puts a lot of effort into helping me with my climbing. He also encouraged me to enter the BMC Paraclimbiing competitions.
Aims and ambitions: My aim is to improve my climbing and do the most difficult walls. I also would like to win lots of competitions.
Age in 2013: 15 yrs old.
Best competition result: 2nd Autistic Spectrum Condition category - BMC Paraclimbing Series 2013.
Why I'm a paraclimber: I have Asperger syndrome, an autistic spectrum condition.
Why I climb: My first introduction to climbing was a 6 week course that my school took part in at the climbing centre. I loved it and have been climbing for about two years now.
Aims and ambitions: to be an instructor.
Influences: My instructors and friends at Harrogate Climbing Centre. They not only have faith in me and persevered but they were welcoming and friendly.
I live for climbing and love loud music. I am based at the Climbing Hangar in Liverpool.
Follow me on Twitter: @Rad_510
Age in 2013: 17 years old.
Best Competition Results:
8th in the IFSC World Paraclimbing Championships, Paris 2012
Overall 2nd (1st in Visual Impairment) in the BMC Paraclimbing Series 2012
Why I'm a Paraclimber: I have a cortical visual impairment and climb as B3.
Who has influenced me the most in my climbing: Andy Coltart, my coach, because he's helped my confidence and shown me there's nothing I can't have a go at. My school have also helped me to get to training.
Why do I climb: I enjoy a challenge.
Aims and ambitions: I want to be the world's first visually impaired climbing instructor and help young people like me achieve their dreams.
Age in 2013: 16 years old.
Why I'm a paraclimber: I was born without a left arm, shoulder and collar bone.
Who has influenced me the most in my climbing: jade Ross, my mum. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't have made it to any competitions which means I wouldn't be on the GB team. Thank you mum for helping me get so far and helping me to succeed in the best way possible!
Why I climb: I enjoy setting myself challenges and finding different ways to complete them.
Aims and ambitions: My aim is to get 1st place in international paraclimbing competitions.
Sponsors: Red Goat
Why I'm a paraclimber: I had previously been a regular trainer in the local climbing walls for 4 to 5 years prior to my industrial accident that happened in the beginning of 2012. Now I compete with a right leg above knee amputation and also a plated left leg.
Best climb indoors: My best indoor top rope to date has been a f7a though I am finding some routes are more suited to me and my footwork than others.
Why I climb: The reason I climb is because I loved it before as a fully able bodied person and was determined to not let an accident of this type stop me from climbing!
Aims and ambitions: Being on the team is great and has enabled me to progress in the sport and meet new people. I'm starting to lead climb and always incorporate bouldering with my training to get those power moves. As my weight is coming down I feel more agile and my aims are one day to climb f8a - even if optimistic why not set the dream high. :)