News 2012

Title: 1st round results, Youth Climbing Series
Date: 09/02/2012
1st round results, Youth Climbing Series

9 February 2012

Youth Climbing Series Round 1 (Gortatole) report

Last Saturday, 4th February, the first round of the Youth Climbing Series took place at Gortatole Outdoor Education Centre, Fermanagh.

39 competitors across all categories (aged 8-16) turned up for what was a very entertaining and friendly, competitive event. Not only that but the local club (Hanging Rockers) had fantastic cake, tea and coffee on sale with all proceeds going to support the local club’s activities.

It was also incredible to see representatives from several clubs across the northern half of the country on display - Hanging Rockers (Gortatole), NIYCT (Belfast), Evolution (Ganaway), Winders (Dublin), Hot Rock (Tollymore). Apologies if I missed anyone else.

In the end, the excellent route setting of Eddie Cooper, Paul Swail and Paul Kellegher meant that all groups were decided throughout all the ‘standard’ competition problems, with only Girls C going to a super-final. Just showing how close many of the competitors are, there was still a tie between the top two, Sakara Stacey and Victoria Colligan, afterwards!

All in all, everyone left with a smile (and more tired than when they arrived :), and a lot of the volunteers and coaches from the respective clubs left very inspired by the standard of climbing throughout. The youth scene is strong and vibrant!

GIRLS: 1st Madelyn Calvert, 2nd Mia Burns
BOYS: 1st Luka Hallissey, 2nd Kyle Fell

GIRLS: 1st Niamh Wait
BOYS: 1st Andy Muinzer, 2nd Ben Cooke, 3rd Ben Ruddle

GIRLS: 1st Victoria Colligan, Sakara T-Stacey, 2nd Anna Nelson, 3rd Leigh Crozier
BOYS: 1st Saul Calvert, 2nd Philip Murphy, 3rd Carson Carnduff

GIRLS: 1st Kate Monaghan, 2nd Catherine Carberry
BOYS: 1st Dominic Burns, 2nd Jamie Rankin, 3rd Kieran McKenna

GIRLS: 1st Niamh Hebblewaithe, 2nd Caitlin Miskelly, 3rd Hannah Porter
BOYS: 1st Eoin Acton, 2nd Kyle Smith

The full results for all categories can be found on

The first Southern round is on 25th February at the Mardyke sports centre, Cork, here’s looking forward to another amazing day!

The next Northern event is at Hot Rock, Tollymore, on 3rd March. See you there?!

This event was generously supported by Surf Mountain, Gortatole OEC and Mountaineering Ireland. Many thanks.

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