Sky's the limit for teenage climber

Worcester News: HIGHEST HEIGHTS: Natasha Allcock has been selected to join the Great Britain Junior Climbing Team. (s) HIGHEST HEIGHTS: Natasha Allcock has been selected to join the Great Britain Junior Climbing Team. (s)

THE SKY is the limit for a college student who has been selected to join the Great Britain Junior Climbing Team.

Natasha Allcock, a first year student at Worcester Sixth Form College, has been selected to join the Great Britain Junior Climbing Team after finishing in fifth place at the British Bouldering Championships.

Bouldering involves climbing, without a rope, to a maximum height of about 4.5 metres.

The 16-year-old follows a rigorous training schedule which involves four to five sessions a week at Boulder Central in West Bromich as well as four fitness and conditioning sessions.

As well as dedicating time to her training, Miss Allcock is also studying for AS levels in physical education, geography and biology at the sixth form college on Spetchley Road.

Natasha is also a talented and enthusiastic member of the College’s Athletics Academy.

She said: “This will give me the opportunity to climb at European competitions such as the European Youth Cup against top athletes in my category.

“Indoor bouldering is a fun social sport that is accessible to anyone of any ability and I would recommend giving it a try.”

Principal Michael Kitcatt said: “We are proud of Natasha’s sporting achievement and the fact that she has managed to combine such a demanding training and performance schedule with academic study.

"I am sure that she has a great future and wish her the very best in forthcoming European competition.”

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