A third place finish in the British Mountaineering Council’s youth climbing series marked the end of an outstanding year for year four climber Sam Lavender.
Nine-year-old Sam already has plenty of experience – he has been climbing since he was six, is a member of the Senior School climbing club who use the wall in our sports hall and also attends Rope Race in Marple.
Sam had to progress through three rounds to reach the finals of the youth climbing series, and he did so in impressive style with second-place finishes in Stockport and Preston, before winning the final qualifying round in Liverpool.
As a member of the north-west team, Sam headed up to the national finals at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena – the largest indoor climbing arena in the world.
Over 300 competitors from around the UK took part in the final, with each climber having to attempt three bouldering and three rope-climbing problems.
Competitors were scored on each attempt and, after 12 hours of climbing, Sam finished an amazing third place in his age category.