Students Climb the Walls to Success
Senior School students proved they knew their crimps from their cramp-ons and their belaying from their bouldering when they earned themselves silver medals in Greater Manchester’s first Schools’ Climbing Competition.
Year 9’s Tom Bradbury and Nathan Fields were Cheadle Hulme School’s medal winners, with Nathan competing in a higher age-category to gain his place on the podium.
A further eight CHS students took part in the event at Rock Over Climbing, including some Year 7s for whom climbing is a new sport.
Mr John Smallwood, who coached the team, said: “These were outstanding achievements for our climbers, given the difficulty of some of the climbs and the calibre of the other competitors.
“What stood out in particular was some excellent sportsmanship and camaraderie with pupils giving advice to each other, and to those in other schools, to complete the hardest problems.”
Over 160 young climbers, aged 7-18 years old, from 19 schools in the region participated in the event. The team at Rock Over said they were “very impressed by the level of sportsmanship and perseverance demonstrated by all of the competitors.”