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 2016 event, we're sure you will see some new faces as well as WCS veterans!
I’m a strength and conditioning coach working with a range of people from everyday athletes to Olympic and Paralympic performers. I started the climbing strength and conditioning coaching sessions at Sheffield Hallam University and have seen them really take off with new coaches coming on board and building up their experience working with some of the best climbers in the country. Sporting success motivates me, but helping people upgrade themselves... that drives me.
Be is the founding director of Be Climbing. She has been coaching for over 10 years and is now an established performance coach and nutritionist. She has a degree in Adventure Education, ranked as one of the top 10 women’s boulderers, and after university travelled the world climbing. Be understands what it takes, technically, physically and mentally to develop an individual’s climbing and have fun doing it! She now enjoys coaching all abilities, from beginners to international competitors.
Ellie has been coaching climbing since 2005. She is manager and coach to the British Climbing Team working with Junior and Senior athletes on the world stage. Though at the top of the sport, Ellie is always looking for innovations in climbing and spends time outside coaching learning and looking for ways to improve. Her coaching focuses on the subtlety of climbing movement and technique along with a firm belief in the importance of physical and mental preparation for the sport.
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.
Eva is a passionate sport climber from Spain who has climbed up to 8c+. She currently works as a climbing coach and gives lectures and workshops. She has a Ph.D., with her doctoral thesis on Finger Strength Training. An avid researcher, she also writes about training in climbing for various magazines and websites, such as www.archclimbingwall.com and her own blog: www.en-eva-lopez.blogspot.com.
Jemma has been a climber for over twenty years. She has experience of coaching both the British Junior Team and the Welsh Academy. As a junior she achieved personal bests as British Lead and Bouldering Champion and achieved a world ranking of 5th place. Jemma has trad climbed up to E7 and bouldered 8a. As a full time mum and a full time teacher, she is fully familiar with the challenges we face when trying to set goals and achieve targets!
Owner of Eden Rock in Carlisle and a new mother, Katie has been climbing for 15 years and can often be found on a hard sandstone test piece in her home county of Northumberland. She is an ambassador for Beta Climbing, Tenaya and Snap. Katie has been coaching for over 6 years and is one of only a handful of coaches to hold the Development Coach Award. As a head coach at Eden Rock, she is heavily involved in the Youth Team development, individual coaching, training workshops and route setting.
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 has been a coach for over 15 years, coming to climbing from gymnastics and trampolining. In 2008 she became the Coach Manager at the Climbing Works in Sheffield where she develops the youth programme and an ever growing coaching team. An active coach herself, Michelle is one of a handful of UK women piloting the Performance Coach Award. She takes a long term view, focusing on the journey rather than the destination. When time permits she also loves climbing all over the world.
My passion for climbing started early, and over the years I have delved into different aspects from bouldering and sport to trad and the IFSC World Cups. What else can I say? I love everything about it! My first yoga experience was as a teenager. Like many I came to it from an exercise perspective, but now my practice has become invaluable both mentally and physically. Not only does it help to balance my body, it also helps me to connect with my breath and find more flow in my movement on rock.
Natalie has been climbing since she was 8 years old and is a member of the GB Lead Climbing Team, having won multiple British titles and achieved podium places in European Youth events. She has sport climbed up to 8b, headpointed E7 and also enjoys Scottish winter and alpine climbing. Natalie has coached people of all ages and abilities for over 8 years. When she's not climbing, Natalie is Editor for UKClimbing.com and a freelance translator.
My mum started to dabble with traditional rock climbing when I was a toddler and climbing has been a part of my life ever since. Over the past few years, I’ve been enjoying sport climbing and bouldering, with the odd multi-pitch adventure thrown in. I've been practicing yoga for a long time, again due to my mother. Initially, I saw it as cross-training for climbing, but over time developed into something much more meaningful. Anyway, it seems I have a lot to be grateful for, so thanks mum!
I have been coaching for around 5 years, beginning in the sport of gymnastics. This has been invaluable to me both from a coaching perspective and also for strength and conditioning to compliment my own climbing. I was very lucky to have been mentored by some of the best gymnastics coaches in the country. Now I bring this experience to my climbing, and coach the Depot Youth Academies at both Manchester and Leeds.
Sophie is one super psyched and motivated climber! She loves sea cliff and mountain adventures and fighting hard on a tricky onsight. In 2014, she and Lindy Smith were the first women to complete the Staffordshire Nose, 31 intimidating and physical Brown and Whillans routes on gritstone lead, seconded or soloed clean in 11 hours 50 minutes.
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.