Age no bar as young climber wins section

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Northern Southland College pupil Isobel Law (12) is in year 7 but did not let her age stop her at a climbing competition last weekend.

Isobel came first in the junior girls section of a rock climbing competition held at the YMCA in Invercargill.

“The youngest age group was actually year 9 and 10, but I managed to squeeze in due to the YMCA being where I train,” she said.

“I won the junior girls and I also got second in the teams challenge .. I didn’t have any team members, I just gained enough points.”

She received medals for her placings.

She began climbing two and a-half years ago.

“I went to Clip ‘n Climb [climbing facility at ILT Stadium] for my birthday one year and the instructor told me I was a good climber and that I should join the club there,” she said.

“So I did.

“I couldn’t make the children’s classes as it clashed with school, so I joined in with the adults.”

She did not think training with adults had made much of a difference to her skill set.

She was not too sure where her passion for climbing came from, but she enjoyed being up high.

“I really enjoy it.”