South Shields boy heads to UK climbing final

Will Duncan, 10, will travel to Southampton this weekend to represent the North East and Lakes Region in the UK National Climbing and Bouldering Finals.

Will started climbing five years ago at the Simonside Climbing Wall in South Shields and this is the first time he has competed in National Championships.

Will competed in four regional events to earn his place in the final.

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Will Duncan ready for a rock climbing session.

The event will see the youngsters compete over two days with the aim of winning a trophy for their category. He is one of the youngest competitors in his age group and hopes to one day represent the British team at the Olympics.

The competition is divided into two disciplines, high wall ropes and bouldering. Ropes involves climbing high walls and swinging on the ropes. Bouldering involves climbing walls without ropes or harnesses.

Earlier this year Will was accepted into the youth team at Durham Climbing Academy, where he trains three times a week as well as on the Sunderland Climbing Wall.

Will said he loves the feeling of accomplishment when he reaches the top of the wall and how far he has come in the sport since he started at the age of five.

Will in action climbing a wall.

“I’ve really enjoyed seeing myself progress in the five years I’ve been climbing and I love being part of the Durham Climbing Academy youth team,” he said.

“I’m really excited because I did really well in the four runs leading up to the final, but I’m also nervous because I’ve never climbed in front of so many people before.”

His father, Scott, has praised the staff at the three climbing centers that Will attends.

He described the staff as ‘supportive’ who helped Will love the sport and grow as much as he did, and said their support has helped Will excel in support and is proud to represent the region at the championships.

Scott is proud of his son’s accomplishments and looks forward to attending the championships with him this weekend.

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