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Cameron McLoughlin 2014 Joanna Brown Award Recipient

Cameron Mcloughlin photographed with Helen Cameron from the Joanna Brown Trust and Michael Macneill Chair of Sport Islington

Cameron Mcloughlin photographed with Helen Sudall from the Joanna Brown Trust and Michael Macneill Chair of Sport Islington

Cameron aged 15, has had an amazing 12 months in which he became British Lead Climbing Champion in his age category.  First came his selection for the GB Youth Lead Climbing team in December after placing 2nd.  Representing GB in his first European event – the European Youth Cup in Austria – Cameron was placed 30th.  Disappointed with his result, he realised the strength of the competition and was spurred on to train even harder and more effectively.  His resolve paid off: at the European Championships, and still only his second international event, he jumped up the field to 12th place with an extraordinarily powerful display of strength.  In July, Cameron beat 4 British Youth Bouldering Team members to come 2nd in the British Bouldering Championships, even though this is not his primary climbing discipline.  There have been 3 important lead climbing events in Cameron’s category at national level.  At the Open Youth Event, Cameron came 1st in a thrilling finish, being the only climber to top the final route.  The climax of the year was the British Lead Climbing Championships which he again won comprehensively.  Lastly, he has just won the Welsh National Championships which was run using next year’s age categories i.e. with an older field which bodes well for 2015. His training is about to go up a gear again as he starts with an elite climbing performance coach who is based in Sheffield.

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