Our courageous climbers are celebrating after being successful at two recent climbing competitions.
For the past five months a number of our boys and girls have been competing in the Winter Bouldering League at the Climbing Hanger in Liverpool.
Over five rounds the climbers have pitted themselves against entrants from across the North West, testing their agility and climbing ability over a mix of different boulder problems.
Heading into the grand-final, a UV Night, our pupils were in with a strong chance of picking up a medal or two across a range of categories.
In the male under 16 category Sam Lavender performed excellently to be crowned the champion and he was closely followed by Mohammed Umar in second. Nicola Cutts was also celebrating taking top spot as she came first in the female fun category.
The rest of our climbers did really well despite not finishing in the podium places and learnt a lot from the competition.
The climbers were also toasting their success closer to home as they took part in the Manchester Schools Climbing Competition at Rock Over Climbing Centre.
Nineteen pupils from first year to lower sixth took part in the competition and they notched up an impressive number of podium finishes to be crowned overall team winners.
In the KS4 boys category Mohammed Umar, Leon Evans and Nicholas Dow achieved a clean sweep picking up first, second and third places respectively.
In the KS4 girls category Eve Cox did really well to finish third whilst in the KS3 boys category Sam Lavender swept aside the competition to take top spot.
Speaking about the success and the efforts that the pupils put in, Outdoor Education Co-ordinator Mr Adam Hughes said: “I have been really impressed with the dedication and talent of our climbers. Climbing and bouldering are activities that both boys and girls can enjoy and they have consistently risen to the challenges put ahead of them. I look forward to them continuing their climbing journey as they move up through the school years.”
The pupils are able to hone their skills whilst in school on our very own state-of-the-art climbing wall, named after Old Stopfordian Pete Boardman – renowned as one of the greats of British Himalayan mountaineering.