The support I have received has been fantastic and I’d like to recognise all those who have helped me along the way… I could not do this on my own and I’m massively grateful to all my supporters and sponsors. Thank you all!
I have become a Montane athlete and it’s an honour to be part of the team. A huge thanks to Montane for welcoming me. They supported my trip up to the Isle of Hoy in the Orkneys and are providing outdoor clothing for myself and Molly. My favourite jacket is the Lite-Speed Jacket it’s perfect when your leading, you can clip it on to your harness and then pull it on to belay! Molly loves her Phoenix Jacket.
I have joined the Boreal team. They’re a super strong team and it’s an honour to be part of it. A massive thanks to Boreal for welcoming me. They are sponsoring me and providing climbing and approach footwear. The Synergy rock shoes are my favourite for competition climbing and the Lynx for trad!
I was awarded an Arctic One ‘Forward Motion’ Grant to go towards some 1:1 coaching and a personalised training program. Having never really trained for competition climbing, I didn’t really know where to start. Having a coach at my local wall has made a huge difference and I’m seeing massive gains. A big thanks to Arctic One, long may the improvements continue!
I was awarded an Irwin Mitchell Disability Sports Grant to go towards a specialist communication system to enable my sight guide to direct me to the hand and foot holds in both training and competitions. It’s vital to have a robust and reliable system with no inherent delays so I can climb more efficiently. A big thanks to Irwin Mitchell, this is a massive boost for me!
The Douglas Bader Foundation generously supported me in my quest to become an Arctic Explorer in 2017 and to achieve my goals in the “can do” spirit of Sir Douglas. They have continued their support for me in my latest endeavours for which I’m hugely grateful! “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.” Sir Douglas Bader
The Climbing Station
My local wall in Loughborough is where I do most of my training. The staff and the local climbing community are extremely friendly and supportive. They have everything there I need for my training and it’s a great place to hang out.