My name is Ayla Barratt, I am 11 years old and I have been climbing with my dad for 6 years. I am working on my 6a to 6c routes on lead and 6c to 7b on top-rope. I also love outdoor climbing (seconding) with my dad. Sometimes we hire a guide. Tom takes us Trad Climbing when we want to attempt harder routes like E2, Pilla Maria De Lucia, Alcandoral, Spain and E15B, Embankment 3, Millstone Edge, Wales (just to mention a few). These are routes that we wouldn’t be able to do by ourselves.
I also have a passion for gymnastics which can help with my skills as well; I’ve been doing this for about 3-4 years. My dad and I have only ever climbed for fun; although I have entered a few competitions and have come first on several occasions. Recently I’ve met Paul Jackson, Head Coach at Jurassic Climbing Academy when he spotted me at Kidderminster High Sports Climbing Centre. He has given me the opportunity to progress my climbing to a much higher level than that my dad could offer me; for he has taught me everything he knows.
I also have a little brother called Leo Barratt who is three years old but is very adventurous and loves climbing. I think that in the future he will become an awesome climber and I hope to inspire him in his journey.
I started climbing when I was 5, previously I used to do skateboarding with my dad until he found the sport of climbing for us both to do. We started by just bouldering at Martley and Boulder Central, then we moved forwards and started climbing on ropes as well. In the future, my goal is to make it to the Olympics and have a place on the GB team.
My name’s Ellis Butler-Barker, a 19-year-old climber currently studying Civil Engineering at Plymouth Engineering College. I stumbled across climbing when I was 14, back in April 2011, I was instantly hooked and knew that this was the sport for me. My main focus is outdoor sport climbing although I do like bouldering, trad and also competitions sometimes.
I try to get on as many trips as possible and love traveling to different areas to climb. My favorite area for sports routes is probably Rodellar, I love the variety which can be found within the many different areas scattered around the valley. I also enjoy Magic Wood for bouldering and I’ll be spending a lot of my summer there this year to play on a few hard boulders.
Last year I did my first 8c+ sports route (Brian at Anstey’s Cove), V14 boulder (Dark Matter Stand at Magic Wood) and E8 trad route (Just Revenge at Anstey’s Cove). Brian 8c+ was a special route for me as it was the first “hard” route that I had ever seen. It was at my local crag Anstey’s Cove and hadn’t seen a repeat 12 years, so to do this route felt like a bit of a dream come true and wrapped up everything at Anstey’s Cove! I also try to do a lot of onsighting and flashing; I’ve onsighted 34 high-grade routes including 5 8b’s, flashed 5 grade V11 boulders and onsighted up to E7 on trad.
Outside of climbing, I enjoy music, hanging out with friends and going to the gym. Over the next year, I intend to focus on bouldering for the next 4 months, before getting back on the rope to build some endurance for a hard grade trip and to also do a few more competitions!
Hi, I’m Heather. I started climbing when I was 18 and working at an outdoor centre down in Wales. Since then I have been absolutely addicted! My favourite places to climb are Holyhead Mountain and Tryfan. I love long multi-pitch routes and sunny evenings spent at local quarries like Troy or Wilton. I have worked at various climbing walls all over the North West. My passion is coaching. I thrive coaching climbers to achieve their goals. I love seeing how happy people are when they exceed their own expectations. The journey from the first climb to regularly competing to a high standard is a fantastic thing to be a part of.
I am now the Northern Coach for Jurassic Climbing Academy and will be continuing my coaching career, taking both adults and youngsters to new levels. You will find me regularly at Awesome Walls Stockport and Sheffield. Pop over to say hello and see what it’s all about.
My name is Melanie Smith and I am a registered Nutritionist with two degrees in health and nutrition. I am a member of the Association of Nutrition and Nutrition Society. I see clients in Dorset at either The Broadstone Clinic of Natural Healthcare or in Ropers Lane in Wareham. I also see clients through Skype. I started my company, Foodsmith Nutrition, to work with people on a one-to-one basis. I start by analysing their diet and then creating a tailor-made eating plan which incorporates macro or micro nutrients that could be deficient, and specific calories to either lose weight or build up weight. My view on nutrition is highly evidence and science based with fad diets and quick fixes being one of my biggest concerns about people’s long-term health. Lately, I have found myself branching out and working with other professionals such as climbing instructors, osteopaths, and personal trainers at boot-camps in which I conduct group seminars. Ultimately, a nutritious diet and exercise must go hand in hand so working with other professionals compliments my services.
My name is Natasha Alan-Williams. I am a Massage & Myofascial Therapist I hold an ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy and additional certification in Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release. I am currently working towards an Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy which requires advanced manual skills and advanced academic, theoretical and scientific knowledge. I see clients primarily at the Broadstone Physiotherapy Clinic. My holistic, individually tailored approach focuses on enhancing wellbeing, reducing pain, improving range of movement and increasing body awareness. I offer both Massage and Myofascial Release therapy and can discuss with you which approach may suit your individual needs. I have also trained as a Relaxation and Positivity Coach, I have run small group classes and can incorporate this into individual treatments where appropriate. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, dog walks, reading, yoga, swimming, and cycling.
My name is Oliver Glen. I’m an 11-year-old climber. I started climbing when I was 10 at Jurassic Climbing Academy. During my first session, I found that climbing was my sport and I wanted to improve my climbing and get stronger. At my first competition, I was nervous but I still gave it everything I had. The climbs were really hard but it might have been because the climbs were designed for fourteen-year-olds but I still tried them. In the end, I came 11th, but I still felt like I improved a lot through the process. I carry on with one to one sessions and group sessions feeling my self-improving every week and session. Along with that, I do strength and conditioning at home and when there is time, climbing with my dad where I usually embarrass him a lot! I will hopefully improve and succeed in more competitions and harder climbs.
My name is Oscar Preston and I am 9yrs old. I have been climbing since 2015.
I climb 3 times a week on top rope and bouldering. 6 months after starting to climb I entered competitions and came 3rd in the BMC Youth Series and 6th overall in the finals in Ratho and 2nd overall in Blokfest. I also enter a lot of small comps which are fun and make a lot of new friends. I have just joined the Jurassic Climbing Academy which I hope will help me achieve my climbing goals like lead climbing and then later on joining the GB Team or entering bouldering world cups.
My name is Paul Jackson, I was born in 1960 in London, UK, but I’m mainly from Dorset, UK, educated in mechanical engineering and in marketing.
My main climbing focus is outdoor Sports Routes and Bouldering and although a late starter to climbing I am pushing into the F8a routes and I’m starting to regularly send f7b boulder problems. Over the past year, I did my first 8a sports route (Sardinique at Kalymnos) and f7b boulders (Lucifer at Fontainebleau and Stompin’ with Bez at Portland). I climb at indoor walls for my own training and when coaching clients.
I work as head coach at Jurassic Climbing Academy. I coach youngsters from age 8 up to adults age 74 in all aspects of performance climbing and at all grades from beginners through to aspiring World Champions. My work complements my climbing and I love it, to see the improvement in students is fantastic and the look of joy on their faces, when they have hit a goal, is a delight. I hold the following awards, certificates or registrations; Coaching awards from Mountain Training Association, UK and Cafe Kraft/Gimme Kraft, Germany; Training certificates from BMC, UK in the FUNdementals of Climbing; Training certificates from Sports Coach UK in Positive Behavioural Management in Sport, Coaching Young Children and Young People, Safeguarding and Protecting Children; Totally clear Enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service); Registered as a childminding assistant.
Hi, my name Robyn, I am 10 years old and I first started climbing in August (4 months ago) when I went out on the rock and I really enjoyed it. Then I met Paul who started to coach me.
So far, I have been training twice a week and I have done two competitions. When I go to comps I really love doing them because I think of it as a fun opportunity to just climb and meet new people who love climbing as well.
In the future, I want to become a professional climber and hopefully, go to the Olympics.
My name is Ruby Rowland, I’m an 11-year-old climber. I started climbing with Jurassic Climbing Academy when I nine, from that day I knew that climbing was for me and that I wanted to improve greatly. I remember my first competition, I was feeling very nervous but confident at the same time. I had made all my qualifying rounds and got into the final, but fell at the last hurdle and didn’t win! I was upset, but that has always been a thing that makes me feel like I could do better and to have the motivation to do better. After beginning my one to one coaching sessions with Paul at Jurassic Climbing Academy I went to compete at Blokfest, it was amazing when I came first in my category. I also like completing all of my training from my coaching sessions at the wall, even the endurance training, and I train my strength and conditioning at home. Hopefully this year I will qualify for the National finals and to get on to the GB team would be great so that I can improve, impress and eventually become World Champion! Apart from competing in more competitions, I am also hoping to climb outside more often this year and send some hard boulders and routes.
My name is Sam Harris I am 29 years old. Whilst I was born in Devon I spent most of my earlier years in France. Upon returning to the UK I joined the Royal Marines were I served 12 years.
I originally developed a passion for climbing on the Cornish sea cliffs where I was instantly hooked. With an enthusiastic and addictive personality, I instantly immersed myself into the world of climbing and I have loved every minute of it. In recent years I changed to outdoor sports routes primarily due to discovering Portland on my move to Dorset. I love it although the adventure in Trad climbing will never truly leave. I have taken recent trips to Moab, Utah, High Sierra California and the Anti-Atlas Morocco.
I’ve always loved fitness and find pleasure in improving and pushing myself that extra mile. I regularly do circuit training, running, ultra marathons and attempt to learn new gymnastic movements! For me, it was a natural progression to strength and conditioning, something I’d been doing for years in the Royal Marines anyway. I love motivating people and knowing I have played a role in their improvements and helping them to achieve their goals. Looking forward I would like to take my passion for climbing a step further and start coaching within the Academy and become part of a fantastic team.
My name is Tommy Matthews, I am a member of the British Junior Bouldering Team and I have been climbing for approximately five years. I have been on the British Junior Bouldering Team for three years now, where I have competed internationally in areas such as Italy and Austria; with my best result being 14th in the European Youth Championships in Arco, Italy. Also, I compete nationally in competitions such as the Junior Bouldering Cups (where I have just placed second) and the Blokfest series. This year I am planning to compete in Austria and Poland with the possibility of competing in China for the World Youth Championships. My goal is to come in the top 10 at Poland and make the finals in Austria.
Outside of competitions, I try to get outdoors as much as I can and have successful boulder sends to font 7c+. I have also had successful sends of classic problems such as ‘Not to be Taken Away’ 6c at Stanage Plantation, ‘Zippys Traverse’ 7b at Stanage Plantation, ‘La Berezina’ 7c at Bas Cuvier, ‘Le Carnage’ 7b at Medonnet, ‘The Darkest Hour’ 7c+ at Ladye Bay. During the summer I aim to get outdoors more and travel up to the Lake District to try some classic problems including ‘Grand Opera’ 8a+ at the Bowderstone.
My training mainly consists of bouldering, strength and conditioning, weights and a bit of leading to building up my endurance. I try to structure my training on a yearly basis with a few months of fitness, endurance and small aspects of strength, followed by a few months of focused strength training, finishing off with power training which flows into controlled peaks for competitions in the summer.