Emily is a young climber representing GB on the international competition scene. She’s a Youth World Champion, the British Speed Climbing record holder and a hopeful future Olympian.
For Emily, it all started at the funfair during a family holiday to the Isle of Wight when she was only five years old. At the Isle’s annual Garlic Festival, Emily tried her hand on a mobile climbing wall and was instantly addicted.
“I’m not sure why I chose to climb as opposed to all the fairground rides,” says Emily, “but without that experience I definitely wouldn’t be climbing today”.
Shortly after this first taste of climbing, Boulders Climbing Centre opened in Emily’s home city of Cardiff, and she signed up for the kid’s club. By the time she was nine, Emily had started competing and knew, even at that early age, that she wanted to pursue climbing to the highest level.
“Climbing is such a diverse sport, which is why I think it’s so great,” says Emily. “I love how there is a type of climbing for everyone; so many paths to go down. Competition climbing is what I enjoy most at the moment, but I know I have so much to explore outdoors in the future as well.”