Rotherham Inter-schools Climbing Competition

On Wednesday 2nd March 2016 the annual Rotherham Inter-schools Climbing Competition was held on the Clifton School climbing wall. The competition centred around each student’s performance in completing 12 boulder problems set to test the participants climbing skills and technique.

The competition was split into 2 age groups, Key Stage 3 (Y7 – Y9) and Key Stage 4 (Y10 & Y11). Within these age categories was a girls competition and a boys competition. There was also an award for the best school performance. In all 28 students from across Rotherham competed showing a high level of skill and ability across the board.

The winner of the Key Stage 4 Boys competition was Dominik Baluch from Clifton School. Incredibly Dominik completed all 12 of the boulder problems in half the allocated time, scoring the maximum 10 points on each climb (total points: 120). This was an outstanding achievement for Dominik having only been attending a weekly climbing club since late September 15.

The Winner of the Key Stage 4 girls category was Tala Hepburn from Wickersley School. Tala is a talented climber having competed in the National Foundry Bouldering Open and placing 10th in her category . Tala won with a score of 110 points, narrowly beating Chloe Wright of Brinsworth School by just 2 points.

In the Key Stage 3 category Georgia Bowman secured a comfortable first place position 32 points ahead of her closest rival, Whilst Matthew Reed and Harry Wood fought a tight contest for first place in the boys competition. It was close right to the end despite Matthew having a significant high advantage. In the end first place went to Matthew. Well done to both.

Key Stage 4 – Boys
  Name School Points
Gold Dominik Baluch Clifton 120
Silver Mark Featherstone Wickersley 116
Bronze Cameron Halliwell Brinsworth 114


Key Stage 4 – Girls
  Name School Points
Gold Tala Hepburn Wickersley 110
Silver Chloe Wright Brinsworth 108
Bronze Charlotte Dabbs Wickersley 62


Key Stage 3 – Boys
  Name School Points
Gold Matthew Reed Wickersley 116
Silver Harry Wood Wickersley 104
Bronze Pavlo Moco Clifton 82


Key Stage 3 – Girls
  Name School Points
Gold Georgia Bowman Wickersley 80
Silver Anna Dickinson Wickersley 48
Bronze Jade Scott

Codie Summerbell

Clifton & Rawmarsh 46


Key Stage 3 Team Competition
1st Wickersley 348
2nd Rawmarsh 192
3rd Clifton 144
4th Brinsworth 54


Key Stage 4 Team Competition
1st Wickersley 380
2nd Brinsworth 376
3rd Clifton 258