Jay, Gwyn, Paula and I made our way to the Manchester BMC Para Climbing Competition for the 3rd and final of the series.
|Jay Stompin Owen at his first BMC Paraclimb Comp!|
|Gwyn on the podium with Jon & Rad qualifying for the British Team|
Jay won his category (Autism) and Gwyn made the British Team for VI (Visually Impaired). The event was very well run by the BMC managers and route setters with more competitors attending as awareness seems to gaining greater momentum.
It' been great working with both of them and seeing them excel in climbing but for me the gift has come from them helping me find a passion in coaching para climbers and I thank both of them for asking me to help them achieve there climbing goals.
Gwyn can now travel different parts of the world representing Britain and Jay will continue on his amazing personal journey of using climbing to change his life for the better.
... And me, I want to coach more para climbers and enjoy my own personal journey (and of course enchain Jerry Moffat's 80's classic 'Masterclass' before my finger tips burst on that gnarly crystal inverted pinch!)...
Full results of the 2014 BMC Paraclimbing Series – round 1-3 and overall series results
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