On Saturday 9th March 2013, 10 pupils from the Charleston Academy Climbing Club travelled to Glasgow climbing centre to compete, support and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition finals.
Five pupils had qualified from the 1st round held in mid-December and were invited to take part in the finals. Around 50 pupils from schools all over Scotland attended the event, competing in 12 categories.
Scott Janssens (5K) and Anthony Keyes (5S1) competed in the Boys Youth A Bottom Rope category and climbed solidly in the heats with little between them and their competitors. The final route was particularly tough but Anthony pulled off a hard move to place 3rd overall. Scott climbed well all day and was unlucky not to gain a medal.
Ronan Hennessy (2S1) had gained full points from the qualifiers and showed promise to do well in boys youth C bottom rope group. After 2 routes Ronan and 2 others were tied for 1st place but an unlucky move on the final route threw Ronan off the wall leaving him in 3rd place overall. Ronan climbed very well all day was an excellent competitor.
In the girls groups, Sophie Baker (4T1) climbed with grit and determination during the first 2 routes and gained 172 out of a possible 200 points. The final route was tough but Sophie climbed well on a few hard moves to ensure she placed 1st in the girls youth B bottom rope category.
Angela Zawitaj (5K) was competing in the girls youth A bottom rope group and was level on points after the first 2 routes. One move separated the girls on the final route and Angela accepted 2nd place from a very close contest.
All the pupils who came on the trip were ambassadors for the school and were a credit to themselves and the school.
Mr Jonathan Richards, Technical Teacher and Climbing Club Leader