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Great Result for Y5/Y6 Boulderers, in City Championship

posted 15 Mar 2019, 09:30 by Douglas Paterson   [ updated 15 Mar 2019, 09:43 ]

A team of six Y5/Y6 boys and girls walked away with a podium finish last Friday morning, when they achieved joint third at the finals of the Sheffield Schools Bouldering Championship, held at the Mini-Works bouldering centre.


For those not in the know, bouldering is a sport in which climbers attempt to climb short, but very difficult routes, without ropes and over crash mats. The routes are called "problems" because to get to the top you need to work out a very specific series of moves. Over 50 children tried out for the squad, and this was whittled down to a team of 12, who competed in a qualifying session at the Mini Works, in February. The scores of the best climbers were compared to the other 36 schools who took part in the contest, and only the ten best schools were invited back to the finals.


The finals were very close, with some very impressive climbing on display. Despite this being the first year that Dore Primary has entered the competition, the team was able to achieve an amazing joint third place. Mr Paterson, who took the team to the competition with Mr Fletcher, said: "The team worked very hard and put in a great effort. Bouldering is a sport that involves a great deal of resilience and teamwork to work out techniques and routes. The team worked well together: encouraging each other and offering advice on the best moves to try. We couldn't have asked for a better set of children to represent our school."


Kaitlin, from Y5, was the recipient of a special individual prize from the team's professional coach, who helped the team on the day. Kaitlin was recognised for her teamwork and enthusiasm; “Winning the award made me feel like I’d really helped my team out,” she said “The competition was great!”