News 2018 

Title:  Youth Climbing Series Grand Final
Date:  30/04/2018

The 2018 Youth Climbing Series Grand Final took place on Saturday the 28th of April at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Scotland. Mountaineering Ireland was represented by twenty-seven young climbers who travelled to Edinburgh to climb with some of the best young climbers from all over England, Scotland and Wales. In all almost two hundred and seventy young climbers took part representing nine separate competition regions.

The highlight in terms of results was again the three very strong results from Sean Henchion, Daire Oglesby and Matthew Murray in the Male Youth D category, taking 1st, 3rd and 5th places respectively in a very competitive category. These three young climbers are no strangers to the podium at the Youth Climbing Series Grand Final. In 2016 they placed an unprecedented 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Male Youth E. Last year they placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th in their first year in Male Youth D. At the end of the three boulder problems and three routes Sean was tied for first place with Sam Hammond from the Midlands region in England. A Super-Final was needed to separate the tie. Sam set the bar very high, but Sean reached one hold further than Sam, enough to secure the top place on the podium.

Sean Henchion 1st and Daire Oglesby 3rd


Other notable results were Faith Blaney’s 9th placing in Female Youth B and Matthew Smith’s 6th place in a very competitive Male Youth B. 

Some of the climbers who represented Mountaineering Ireland

Mountaineering Ireland would like to thank all the climbers who represented themselves so well at the competition. Mountaineering Ireland would also like to thank Lucy Mitchell, Conor Orr and Eamon O Riain for their support of the climbers at the competition. Finally thnks to Great Outdoors for their sponsorship of the 2018 Youth Climbing Series, the supply of the team hoodies and their ongoing support of youth climbing in Ireland.



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