Q&A with Anthea

Tell us about your connection with climbing?

Both my son's, Robert and Dylan MacKenzie are past members of the British Junior International Climbing Team and Robert now works for ClimbScotland.

How long have you been involved in climbing/ mountaineering?

Robert and Dylan were both introduced to climbing at the age of 3 so I have been involved, actively in the early years, and at least in the background for quite a number of years now. I'm not sure how honest Robert would like me to be with the number of years, but it's actually 25 years,

Why do you like climbing/ mountaineering?

My interest is purely as a spectator, but as an ex Scout leader for me, it has always been about encouraging our young people to get outdoors to enjoy and explore the natural environment and what it has to offer. So it is great to see young people taking up a sport in which they can participate both inside and outdoors and actively enjoy and engage with the great outdoors of Scotland, which promotes a sense of adventure they can take into other aspects of their lives in the future as they grow older.

What made you want to join the ClimbScotland team?

Robert asked if I would step in temporarily and I volunteered to stay on.

What is your role?

CCO North Scotland.

What do you like about working with the team?

Too early to tell, but it's great to be back actively supporting the youth climbing community in the north of Scotland and ClimbScotland helping to run competitions and events.

What is your main ambitions with your role?

To make sure everything runs smoothly on the day at events and promoting junior climbing in the North of Scotland.

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