Clitheroe climber Connor ends year on a high!

Connor Byrne in action
Connor Byrne in action

Clitheroe climber Connor Byrne ended 2013 on a high note.

Not only was he re-selected for the Junior GB Climbing team, for the fourth year, he ended the year placed 10th overall in Europe as a Youth A, and the 17-year-old now moves up an age group and into the Juniors.

He has also been selected to represent Great Britain in the Senior lead team for 2014.

As a result of winning the British Lead Climbing Championship for Youth A, and then coming third in the Senior competition the following day at the start of November, Connor was delighted and stunned to be invited onto the British Senior Lead Climbing team.

This is a remarkable achievement as the two other men on the team are professional climbers and at least four years his senior.

Connor still has two more years as a Junior climber.

His first event as a Senior team member was the Senior World Cup in Kranj, Slovenia.

Here he was competing against 60 climbers from as far afield as Japan, Canada, Korea and Russia.

The majority of these climbers are all professional athletes and spend their lives training and climbing at an extremely high level.

Connor expected to be seriously outclassed, but went along for the experience, with the aim of avoiding finishing last.

He said: “The routes were the hardest I have ever climbed, but a great challenge.

“Although I finished well down the field, I was not last and I had climbed well.

“It was incredible to climb with the world’s best and has really given me something to aim for in my training.

“I am looking forward to representing GB in some more Senior World Cup events in 2014, and continuing as a member of the Junior team.

“I also have to sit my A Levels.

Connor would like to thank his sponsors, including SportsAid and Lancashire Sport, and Beyond Hope for equipment.