If you’re a regular user of Beacon Climbing Centre, it’s likely that you will have seen up and coming climbing superstar, 16 year old Kieran Forrest making light work of our hardest routes and boulders.
Llanrug based Kieran has been climbing since a young age and his talent for climbing certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed. After gaining a place on the British Climbing Team in 2014, Kieran followed through by winning the British Lead Champion title for his age category in 2015, followed by winning both the British Lead and Speed title for 2016.
Since joining the British Team, he has also travelled throughout Europe, competing in European and World competitions, placing up to 15th in European and 25th in World rankings. Kieran’s competition form continues for 2017 and he’s looking like a firm contender for retaining his British titles this year too.
With climbing being taken on for the TOKYO OLYMPICS in 2020, there is a new buzz on the competition circuit and many of the UK’s talented climbers are turning their attention from focusing on one or two elements of competitive climbing to the three – Lead, Speed and Bouldering – as this will be the format for the 2020 Games. Kieran is a real asset to our climbing community and we would like your help to enable him to achieve his potential including selection for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018.
The total cost for Kieran to attend competitions and training events this year alone exceeds £6000 and Kieran is now hoping that the local climbing community will be willing to provide support for two major competitions taking place in September this year:
The World Youth Championships (Lead, Speed, Boulder) – Innsbruck, Austria.
The European Youth Championships (Lead, Speed) – Perm, Russia.
Kieran has created a Just Giving page and is seeking to raise £1600 to cover travel and accommodation costs for these two events. Please help if you can… and then pass onto a friend since every donation will help.