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Nathaniel Qualifies for the National Finals of the BMC Youth Climbing Series

Ivybridge Community College Year 11 student, Nathaniel Parkes took part in the final rounds of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) Youth Climbing Series, taking second place overall in the South West series, despite having COVID-19 and missing the first round.

The exceptional results mean that Nathaniel has now qualified for the National Grand Final, which takes place on 27 and 28 November at Parthian Climbing Centre, Southampton.

In order to qualify for the national finals, Nathaniel had to compete in the regional series.  Round 2 of the series took place at the Plymouth Life Centre, followed by Round 3 at The Tide Climbing Centre in Cornwall and Round 4 at The Hangar in Plymouth.  Nathaniel performed excellently in Round 3 and Round Four, taking second place in both.

Nathaniel said: “I have been able to deal with some disruptions to my training, and I am so pleased for this great result and I look forward to the National Final now.”

Nathanial also took part in Cornwall's Farewell to Summer 2021 event, working hard to take second place in the U16 Group.

Nathaniel is now looking forward to competing in the BMC National Finals and is also travelling to Norwich to compete at the British Youth Bouldering Championship on 4 December.

October 2021

Nathaniel Takes on Sheffield’s Olympic Bouldering Wall

Ivybridge Community College Year 11 student, Nathaniel Parkes, had the opportunity to experience a training weekend with Olympic athletes and coaches in Sheffield recently.

The indoor climbing training session had representatives from cities including London, Liverpool, Cardiff and Sheffield.  Nathaniel’s two coaches were blown away with his ability, dedication and hard work over the two-day event, receiving coaching tips and a high amount of praise from Olympic rock climbing athlete Shauna Coxsey. 

Nathanial climbed eight indoor climbing routes in total and he was successful on six of them.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t physically tall enough to stretch and reach the holds on the other two. 

Nathaniel, now has the second round of the Youth Climbing Series (YCS) to look forward to.  He is focused after the weekend and looking forward to putting into practice all that he has been taught.

Nathaniel said: “The experience was amazing and I’m fortunate to have taken on such challenging routes.  It has given me great confidence leading into the upcoming weekend’s climbing series. I’m extremely grateful that Ivybridge Community College gave me the time off to travel to the training weekend.”



Nathaniel with Olympic rock climbing athlete Shauna Coxsey

Helen Reddy, Director of Sports Academy at Ivybridge Community College, added, “What a wonderful experience and opportunity for Nathaniel.  Not many people can say that they have trained with a world champion or that they have had the chance to practice on a wall that replicates the climbing wall at the Tokyo Olympics.  Nathaniel did both in Sheffield, and I wish him the very best of luck in his training and future competitions.

Over the coming year we will be looking to support an increasing number of students like Nathaniel through our Elite Talent Programme, giving them an athlete profile, specialist strength and conditioning support and the opportunity to compete at a high level with the support of the College.”