Clitheroe climber hits new hights

CHAMPION: Climber Connor Byrne
CHAMPION: Climber Connor Byrne

CLITHEROE’s Connor Byrne is on top of the world after triumphing at the Scottish Youth Climbing Championships.

The 16-year-old topped both qualifying routes before facing off against three other competitors in the final – during which climbers are not allowed to see each other’s efforts.

Both Connor and one of the finalists fell at the same point.

However, as Connor climbed faster, reaching the same point in 2 mins 51 secs compared to 5 mins 54 secs, he was crowned champion for the A age group.

He also came third in the Scottish Speed Climbing Championship, competing in the 16 to 19 age group.

The Clitheroe Royal Grammar student also has his sights set on Oympic gold after the International Federation of Sport Climbing met with the IOC at the Climbing World Cup in Paris to decide which discipline of climbing will go into the Olympic bid for 2020 – with lead climbing getting the nod.

Connor will be travelling back to Scotland this weekend to take part in the climbing premier event of the year, the British Lead Climbing Championship.