Scottish youth climbers did themselves proud at the first BMC Youth Open of 2018

Report written by Jo Bennett

Saturday 24th February saw the first round of the Lead Cup, hosted by Awesome Walls Sheffield, followed the next day by the Open Youth Boulder competition at The Depot, Nottingham.

Scottish representation was lower than usual, due in part to a clash with ClimbScotland YCS round 3. Nevertheless, the six climbers who travelled from north of the border more than made up for this as they vied against strong competition from across the UK.

Comp CollageClockwise from top right: Max Milne, Hannah Kerr, Hannah Smith, Louise Flockhart, Stephen Keir, Daniel Smith

Double podiums at the two events were achieved by Daniel Smith (Youth B) and Max Milne (Junior). Daniel stormed away with a phenomenal two wins and Max's 2nd place in Lead proved a nice warm-up for his subsequent Bouldering win. Daniel and Max were unique in their respective Boulder finals to top all 4 blocks.

Stephen Keir (Youth A) was another rare double finalist over the weekend, securing 3rd place in Lead. Hannah Kerr (Youth C) achieved 3rd in Lead too, bringing the Scots podium total for the weekend to 6.

Louise Flockhart (Youth B) had her stronger day at Saturday's Lead event, making the finals and finishing 5th. Meanwhile, after narrowly missing out on Lead finals, Hannah Smith (Youth A) showed her mettle in a tough Boulder final on Sunday, eventually finishing 4th.

To see all six Scots make at least one final over the weekend was a fantastic achievement, true testament to the hard work and long hours of training that they have put in over the winter months. Many congratulations to athletes, supporters and organisers for a successful first weekend of the competition season.

We would like to say a massive thank you to Jo Bennett for providing the report above.

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For more info on this comp and results, please check out the BMC report here.

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