I grew up in Northumberland, England, where the climbing is brilliant, however, climbing was not my first sport. When I was 5 I started swimming and progressed to a reasonable level in this sport before taking up triathlon. These sports were hard and required serious dedication and discipline, so I learnt a lot about hard work and training from doing them.
I began climbing more or less at the start of 2010, although I definitely did a little at the end of 2009, and I climbed once at my friends birthday party many years ago. Before I started climbing I was into triathlon, and before that, just swimming for 10 years or so.
I mainly just bouldered at first, but went on a course called ‘Rock Action’ in the peak district with Katherine Schirrmacher during my first summer climbing and learnt a lot more about sport and trad climbing. After doing this course I got keen to do some more sport climbing and have since been on a number of trips (which you can read about on my blog).