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Focus Talks

We have 3 fantastic sessions for you to attend at WCSx Swansea!


Delivered by 3 top-level climbing coaches these coaching workshops and focus talk are all designed to help you 'Start your year right!' - our theme for WCSx Swansea. 


Click on the links below for information about each of the sessions or scroll down the page to read about them all.

    Climbing tactics Ayesha Khan | Climbing Coach

    Making the most of your climbing Esther Foster | Climbing Coach

    Climbing injury prevention Jen Searle | Physiotherapist

Session 1 WCSx
Ayesha Khan (SHE/HER)

Absolutely crucial, yet often overlooked. Whether you boulder, climb routes, climb indoors or outdoors, using good tactics will often make the difference in whether you get to the top of a climb. This session will develop your route reading skills and your ability to remember and visualise moves, providing you with techniques to assist you in completing ongoing projects and/or flashing that new route you have your eye on. We'll share lots of practical tips and takeaways that you can practice in your own time and you'll leave the session with a clear understanding of what you can work on and how you can work on it to become a more savvy climber!

Climbing for over 16 years, Ayesha Khan competed on the Youth Canadian National team for several years before turning her attentions to coaching, route setting and climbing outdoors - having had the incredible privilege of experiencing outdoor bouldering for the first time on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). Now living in the UK and still pursuing her outdoor climbing goals (supported by Moon Climbing and Beyond Hope), Ayesha has experienced firsthand the value of shifting focus from bagging grades to making progress and having fun.

IG: @eesh_kebab

Session 2 WCSx
Getting the most out of your climbing
Esther Foster (SHE/HER)

How to stay motivated and see progress throughout the year.  We climb best, improve most, and make the best memories when we keep our climbing lighthearted and fun. Start the year feeling confident and motivated with a workshop designed to help you get the most out of your climbing; providing you ways in which to keep your climbing fun and fresh, while also learning great ways to see and measure progress.

One of the Women's Climbing Symposium Directors, Esther Foster has spent 20 years rock climbing and mountaineering throughout the UK and internationally. With a career coaching, guiding and instructing in both climbing and mountaineering, Esther is one of few women MCI's (Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor) within the UK and a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI). Having seen the value of climbing and mountaineering as therapy, as skill mastery, and as simultaneously an empowering and humbling experience, Esther is passionate about removing barriers and promoting inclusivity so that climbing, and the climbing community, is accessible to all. Want to know more about Esther? We interviewed her here so check it out! Read here. | IG: @esther_foster

Session 3 WCSx
Climbing Injury prevention
Jennifer Searle (SHE/HER)

When it comes to climbing injury prevention, understanding how our fitness is shaped by our physical make-up and the ways that the body responds to load, exercise and training, will enable you to better prepare (and repair) your body for climbing. After this focus talk you will have a better understanding of the most common injuries in climbers, be equipped with the tools to best prevent them, and you will have gained the knowledge needed to recover quicker if injured.  

Jennifer Searle is a Chartered Physiotherapist who owns Quay Kinetics Physio & Sports Injury Clinic based inside The Quay Climbing Centre, Exeter. With an MSc in Sport and Exercise (specialising in Sport Injury) Jen has worked with climbers for the past nine years; helping them better understand their bodies and their potential is what drives and inspires her. Whilst Jen has worked closely with many elite athletes and sports teams (including the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics), she takes the same dynamic approach to benefit all individuals, including the recreational sports person and the non-exercising individual, and loves empowering women through her Exercise & Menopause Coaching. | IG: quaykineticsphysio

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