I've loved climbing since I first discovered it 25 years ago.
For a quarter of a century climbing has influenced avery aspect of my life - my job (obviously), where I went to Uni, my friends, where I chose to live, where I go on holiday.
But I'm not unique. Sport has that power. When you find your passion, it adds a framework to your life, guiding you through life's choices.
I was lucky - growing up in North Wales, where climbing was abundant and accessible, and a climbing culture already existed. Even so, back then, just going climbing, just once, was a mission. Finding a partner, sorting out lifts, gathering enough gear so we didn't kill ourselves, relying on the weather etc etc etc. Everything had to come together perfectly, just to get out once. Trying to make this work every weekend was a planning nightmare that seriously took it's toll.
Which is why I'm so honoured now to be involved with delivering GCSE climbing to schools across the North West. I used to skive school to go climbing...now I go into schools to give students the opportunity to get involved!