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GB call up for climber Kieran

HUMAN ‘Spiderman’ Kieran has been selected to represent his country at the World Youth Climbing Championships taking place in Moscow.

This will be the third time the Year 12 SDC pupil has donned a Team GB vest at the championships, competing before in Italy and last year in Austria, coming in 14thin the bouldering competition.

Last weekend he was competing in Italy in an European climbing final coming in an impressive eighth place out of 30 competitors.

Kieran credits his father Chris for his passion for climbing - which is set to be recognised as an official Olympic sport for the first time in Tokyo, Japan, 2020.

The 17-year-old, who is a member of the British squad, started climbing when he was just three years old at the Beacons Climbing Centre in Gwynedd.

By nine he was competing competitively after being inspired by watching the Welsh Climbing Championships.

Kieran, who is ranked 14th in the world and 8th in Europe for the under 18 age group, gets up each day at 6am to do an hour’s training before leaving for school.

After school it’s straight to the climbing walls in Caernarfon for another two hours of training.

“I also train at St David’s as we have a bouldering room, which is great,” said Kieran, who is from Llanrug, in Gwynedd.

“I’ve climbed all over Europe and my favourite places for climbing includes Kalymnos, Costa Blanca, El Chorro, Terradets, Mallorca and the Great Orme in Llandudno, which has some world renowned tricky climbs.

Kieran, who is studying chemistry, biology and PE, has been in the British climbing squad for over four years.

He added: “For me climbing is always interesting, the same climb is never the same, there is always something that’s different and you always learn something new.

“It’s hard work trying to fit my school work in with all the training and competitions, but I like being busy and I like not having a normal school life.”

He added: “My ultimate aim is to represent Team GB at the Paris Olympics in 2024.”

Kieran has to self-fund his trip to the World Youth Climbing Championships taking place in Moscow.

He needs to raise £1,500. If you’d like to help sponsor him please email him at Kieranforrest12@yahoo.co.uk.


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