Shauna Coxsey – High Hopes
Two Bouldering World Championships, the first British women to boulder 8B+, founder of an award-winning women's climbing event and an MBE all under the age of 25 underlines the ambition, talent, and determination of Britain's top female boulderer.
“Asking me what I love about climbing is like asking someone why they like walking or breathing,” says Shauna.
Inspired by a television programme featuring French free climber Catherine Destivelle, Coxsey first went to a climbing wall when she was only four years old. Although she was not tall enough to be allowed to climb, she continued to insist and was eventually allowed on the wall a few months later. She immediately knew that climbing was her thing – a decision she has never questioned.
Continuing to set her sights high, Shauna committed herself to the goal of winning the overall IFSC Bouldering World Cup. In 2016 at the age of 23, she claimed the title and that same weekend received an MBE as part of the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours. Despite incurring a shoulder injury in 2016, Shauna recovered to reclaim the World Cup title the following year. Her competition success is mirrored through her outdoor achievements, becoming the first British women to climb the bouldering grade of 8b+.
Off the wall, Coxsey has been at the forefront of the explosion in popularity of climbing. She has helped to promote women's progression in the sport through the annual Women's Climbing Symposium which she founded when she was 18. Now, with the inclusion of Sport Climbing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Shauna is taking on perhaps her toughest challenge yet: to find success on the biggest sporting stage of all.
In this one hour session, Shauna talks about life on World Cup circuit, her climbing philosophy and the road to Tokyo 2020.
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