News 2013

Title: Dominic Burns takes 20th at World Youth Climbing Championship
Date: 20-09-2013
System Date: 20-09-2013

Dominic Burns has taken 20th place overall in the Youth A category at the World Youth Climbing Championships which were held in British Columbia, Canada over the past few days.

Although better know for his bouldering performances Dominic is more than able to compete on routes with the best young climbers in the world.

At the World Youth Climbing Championships each competitor climbs two qualifying routes, with the top twenty-six ranked climbers going forward to a semi-final. The top eight climbers from the semi-final then go on to the final round.

Dominic ranked 24th and 19th respectively on the first and second qualifying routes. These results realised Dominic’s goal of reaching the semi-finals of this year’s World Youth Climbing Championships.

Climbing extremely in the semi-final Dominic improved on his position from the previous rounds by four places to finish in 20th place overall. Alex Waterhouse (climbing for Team Great Britain) winner of the 2012 Irish Lead Climbing Championships placed 24th overall.

Japanese climbers dominated the final of the Male Youth A category taking 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th places. Austrian climbers took 3rd and 7th with 5th and 6th places going to climbers from Sweden and the USA.

Dominic was accompanied and coached by Mountaineering Ireland Climbing Team coach Eddie Cooper. Eddie has been Dominic’s climbing coach and mentor since Dominic began climbing in Belfast.

Dominic’s mother Antonette was able to watch Dominic climb live via the IFSC web-site. According to Antonette, Dominic was, “ really pleased with his results and how he climbed. He was interviewed again today, amazing experience! He sounds really motivated to improve his climbing, both lead and boulder!”

Dominic and Eddie travelled with Ian Dunn and the Great Britain Climbing Team to the championships in Canada. Thanks to the Ian Dunn and Becky Mc Govern at the BMC for facilitating this.