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HIGH HOPES; Already the UK No1 for his age, climber Kieran Forrest has now set his sights on the Olympics.

Byline: MARI JONES Daily Post Reporter

A SCHOOLBOY ranked the UK's top climber for his age has high hopes of winning a place on the British Olympic team.

Kieran Forrest credits his father Chris for his passion for climbing, which is set to be recognised as an official Olympic sport for the first time in Tokyo 2020.

The 16-year-old, a pupil at St David's College, Llandudno, started climbing when he was three years old at the Beacons Climbing Centre, Caernarfon. By the age of nine he was doing it competitively after being inspired by watching the Welsh Climbing Championships.

Kieran, a member of the British squad and ranked 14th in the world for the under 18 age group, gets up at 6am to do an hour's training, then goes straight to the climbing walls in Caernarfon for another two hours after school.

"I also train at St David's as they have a bouldering room which is great," said Kieran, of Llanrug.

"I've climbed all over Europe and my favourite places for climbing include Kalymnos, Costa Blanca, El Chorro, Terradets, Mallorca and the Great Orme in Llandudno, which has some world renowned tricky climbs.

"I've been in the British climbing squad for around four years now, and the British Championships are coming up in Sheffield in a couple of weeks which I hope to do well at.

"A dream would be to get in the British Olympic team - if I don't make it to Tokyo then there's always Paris in 2024."

He added: "For me climbing is always interesting, the same climb is never the same, there is always something that's different and you always learn something new."

When asked if he had any scary experiences, he said: "Once when I was in the Dolomites climbing with my dad, I was about 200m up and I ended up hanging off with just one arm as a hand hold just dropped off.

"That was a very long minute, but I managed to calm myself and completed the climb."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 26, 2017
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