Rising above the competition

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West View Leisure Centre in Preston played host last week to the SPAR Lancashire School Games, West Lancashire U13s Boys’ Climbing Competition.

3 West Lancashire schools attended the event, climbing for the chance to represent their district, and school, in the SPAR Lancashire School Games County final.

Teams were made up of six climbers and each boy had to complete 3 graded climbs, and 3 boulders. Points were awarded for how high the boys could climb with a rope, and then also when bouldering.

Bouldering is similar to climbing but pupils are not clipped onto the wall, meaning that they don’t climb as high and have to cope with the added physical and mental challenge of climbing without a rope.

Danny Taylor, Outdoor Education Coordinator for West Lancashire Sports Partnership said: “It is fantastic to see another outdoor and adventurous style activity featuring in the SPAR Lancashire School Games.

“Orienteering has been featured in the programme for several years but climbing often attracts a different audience and personality type. Climbing is all about strength, agility, flexibility and determination, along with a cool head for heights. I would strongly recommend additional schools to get involved in climbing.”

Up Holland High School, Ormskirk School and Lathom High School took part in the event, with Ormskirk School achieving the highest overall score and therefore going through to represent West Lancashire in the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals.

Danny added: “Climbing will debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics so it is the perfect time to get involved!”