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Jamie Smith

ClimbScotland Team Leader

Jamie's key role is to provide support, guidance and direction to the ClimbScotland team in their work with climbing walls, clubs, schools, colleges and youth-focused organisations throughout Scotland.

Previously, Jamie was the Club Development Officer for Mountaineering Scotland and prior to that, worked in secondary education for six years as a support worker, as well as being a freelance climbing instructor, working primarily with youth-focused climbing clubs. He brings his enthusiasm, determination and a passion for climbing and developing young people. Q&A with Jamie.

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Kevin Howett

Sport Development Officer

Kevin is the Sport Development Officer for Mountaineering Scotland with responsibility for a range of activities and initiatives that help develop the sport.

He organises a range of indoor climbing competitions in Scotland, mostly for young climbers (Youth Climbing Series, Scottish Youth Bouldering Championships, Scottish Youth Climbing Championships and the Scottish Youth Speed Championships), but also Scottish rounds of the British Junior Cup, Scottish Schools' Climbing Competitions with Glasgow Climbing Centre, the ParaClimb Scotland competition for disabled climbers, and, new for 2015, the Scottish National Bouldering League (SNBL).

He is part of the British group developing the Coaching in Climbing Awards run by Mountain Training, developing and organising the FUNdamentals and Physical Training workshops that go with it, maintaining a coaching (and route-setting) pathway in Scotland and organising coaching events.

He administers the Scottish Youth Squad and coaching academies and sits on the GB Junior Teams management groups. He is also responsible for the strategic development of climbing facilities across Scotland, supported by Sportscotland. Q&A with Kev.

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Robert Mackenzie

Regional Development Officer West

Robert is the Regional Development Officer for the West of Scotland. His main roles in this position are to increase grass roots participation, develop and support pathways into climbing, encourage better use of indoor climbing facilities and to promote and report on ClimbScotland events and competitions.

Robert previously worked at Glasgow Climbing Centre as Head Coach and Routesetter. He has a wealth of expereince in competiton climbing and has been exploring outdoor rock from a young age. Q&A with Robert.

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Calum McBain

Regional Development Officer East

Calum is the Regional Development Officer covering the East of Scotland. Like Robert, he works to increase grass roots participation, develop and support pathways into climbing, encourage better use of indoor climbing facilities and to promote and report on ClimbScotland events and competitions.

Calum has been involved in climbing since going to a friend's birthday party at Glasgow Climbing Centre when he was 9. Since then he's been a avid climber, travelling all over the world on climbing trips but his favourite place to climb will always be Scotland! Calum has also worked in various climbing walls as a coach and route setter. Q&A with Calum.

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Avril Gall

ClimbScotland Director

As well as being ClimbScotland's Director, Avril does the YCS admin and scoring and also judges bouldering competitions at a national level. She loves climbing competitions, the crowds encouraging everyone, and the strength, determination and ingenuity required to outwit the setters.

Although a swimmer in her youth, she was converted to climbing when her daughter Rachel took up and excelled at the sport. Avril became a volunteer scorer in 2010 after she and her husband Sandy devised a more efficient scoring system.

Over the last 4 to 5 years she has witnessed the number of Scotland South entrants grow and has watched her own daughter grow out of the YCS and move into coaching the new talent that is coming up.

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Scott Forsyth

Competition Coordinator

Scott has been involved with climbing since EICA:Ratho opened and is lucky enough to live close by, claiming to be able to get there in just three minutes with the benefit of a tail wind.

His involvement started when his son Calum took an interest in climbing when the centre opened. Scott became a judge and started judging for the Youth Climbing Series events in Scotland’s South region and then accepted the role as Competitions Coordinator in 2010.

He enjoyed the judging so much that he became involved in the British Climbing Competitions, which has since led to judging European and World events.

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John Donaldson

Competition Coordinator

John started climbing for fun in 2006. In 2008 he started to help at the Youth Climbing Series, first by doing some belaying then by becoming a category judge. He then volunteered to take over the role of Competition Coordinator for Scotland North in 2012.

He climbs around three times a week, either at Transition Extreme, his local wall, or on the sea cliffs around Peterhead and Aberdeen. Almost all of his outdoor climbing is traditional climbing, although he does occasionally do some sport climbing.

In 2011 John and his son Scott joined MCofS on a Spanish climbing trip. While Scott had two weeks coaching, John had his first opportunity to climb in another country along with some other parents. Since then he has had three visits to the Greek island of Kalymnos for sport climbing.

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