COACHES

At Women's Climbing Symposium we pride ourselves on searching the UK (and the world!) for the cream of women's coaching talent, recruiting experienced athletes and coaches as well as top professionals in disciplines relating to climbing.

For the 2019 event, we're sure you will see some new faces as well as WCS veterans! 

Cath Wilson
Cath Wilson
Carmel Moran
Carmel Moran
Daisy Vale
Daisy Vale

Daisy is a qualified sports massage therapist, personal trainer, student physiotherapist and registered yoga teacher, specialising in injury prevention and rehabilitation, tailoring sessions to the specific needs of the climber. Working for Inside Edge Physiotherapy, she is passionate about helping climbers stay injury-free while pushing their boundaries and making progress towards their goals. She enjoys getting outdoors as much as possible so look out for her in Churnet or Font!

Emma Twyford
Emma Twyford

I have been climbing from the age of 7 dipping into most areas and styles of climbing to try and be as good at everything as I can be. For the last 5 years I've made the leap into route setting and coaching, helping people to improve their technical and mental abilities. It's great to see people take on board this info and then put it to good use. To me it's about having fun and learning new skills all the time, which is why I push outside comfort zones as much as possible.

Emily Nicholl
Emily Nicholl
Esther Foster
Esther Foster

Esther has been climbing for 15 yrs, starting out as an indoor climber in Liverpool. She now holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) and works throughout northern England and Scotland guiding, instructing and coaching. Esther has trad climbed E5, sport climbed 8a and bouldered 7c. She loves coaching and teaching others, and seeing women of all abilities at the WCS realise their potential, have fun and develop their climbing. Find Esther’s website at: www.estherfoster.co.uk

Hazel Findlay
Hazel Findlay
Jemma Powell
Jemma Powell
Jen Wood
Jen Wood

I have been climbing for around 13 years, mostly competing. I tend to specialise in boulder and have spent the last few years travelling to compete in the Boulder World Cups. I like to keep up the sport climbing, especially if I can get away to Kalymnos. I have been coaching for a couple of years mostly at Rock Over climbing where I run both Junior squads and Ladies night and have recently started working for Lattice Training.

Judith Spancken
Judith Spancken

Jude has been climbing for 25 years all over the world, on sighting up to E6 British trad, 7c sport and redpointing 8a+. Originally from Germany Jude lived and climbed in North Wales for 12 years before moving to France. She holds the French National climbing instructing/coaching diploma and qualified as a Climbing Athletic Coach in Germany. Her passion in both climbing and teaching lies in exploring the mind-body connection needed for coordinated, balanced and fluid movement.

Libby Peter
Libby Peter

Weaned on UK trad, Libby went on to explore Scottish winter, Alpine classics, Yosemite big walls, virgin Pakistan granite, and even attempted a couple of 8000m peaks. The grounding influence of two daughters brought bouldering, sport climbing, indoor walls and training into her life. She is most proud of staying motivated and healthy during 30 years of climbing, and still being psyched to chase those marginal gains, magical grades, and dream routes, whilst helping others chase theirs.

Katherine Schirrmacher
Katherine Schirrmacher

Based in Sheffield, and with over 10 years of coaching experience Katherine has coached hundreds of people of all abilities with varied climbing aims. She loves to help climbers achieve their goals whilst maintaining a full life. Katherine enjoys all kinds of climbing and finds it hard to choose her favourite! Highlights include trad climbing in Arapiles (Australia), bouldering in Hueco (USA) and sport climbing in the south of France. She runs www.lovetoclimb.co.uk

Michelle Greenall
Michelle Greenall
Rachel Briggs
Rachel Briggs
Rachel Carr
Rachel Carr
Sam Leary
Sam Leary
Suz Dudink
Suz Dudink

Originally from Holland, I discovered climbing when I was 21. Together with my partner Andy Earl, I travelled the world, developed climbing areas and built up Climb Newcastle. Very soon I shared the podium with Adam Ondra and became one of the first females to boulder F8a+! Circumstances changed so I started to focus more on coaching and route-setting and recently set up 'UpgradeClimbing’. I love helping others reach their potential, and seeing them enjoy your routes is unbelievably rewarding.

Vicky Owen
Vicky Owen

Based in North Wales, Vicky has twenty years' experience as a qualified teacher of outdoor education. As a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and keen educator, she is passionate about sharing her skills and knowledge of the mountains. Her hope is always that those she works with will feel nurtured and encouraged to allow the most positive and enjoyable learning experience, whatever their starting point.