Telford climber Luke scales heights with GB paraclimbing team

By Rob Smith | Telford | News | Published:

A Telford climber has been invited to join the 2019 GB paraclimbing team after a successful try-out.

Luke Smith in action at Shropshire Climbing Centre in Newport

Luke Smith, who climbs at centres across Shropshire as well as outdoors, joined contenders earlier this month at a session where he impressed a Team GB selection panel.

He has lived with a talipes, or club foot, since birth, and wears climbing shoes of different sizes to accommodate.

Luke, 30, was told last Friday that he would be in the GB team.

He said: "The try-out was really well organised and a great day full of support for every climber, I was nervous and excited. Being in isolation was strange.

"The level of climbing was really high, and waiting to hear back was nervy. When I read the decision I had to double check, I couldn’t believe it.

"Now I feel psyched to train hard and push myself.

"My ultimate ambition is to go to the world championships and get a podium spot."

Luke and his new teammates will attend a selection event later in the year to determine who will compete in events for Britain.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.


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