NICAS team come 4th overall and NICAS individuals finish 2nd and 5th. A great first outing for an ambassador team.

Rock On, La Sportiva and Mile End Climbing Wall hosted “The Italian Job 25” bouldering competition on 8th September, a celebration of 25 years of ROCK ON and 90 years of La Sportiva. We thought it would be nice to enter a team to represent our NICAS and NIBAS schemes. More than 20 teams took part, with 30 problems to grapple with in the team event, followed by a final for the highest scoring individuals.

The route setters did an amazing job, and as stated on the event flyer, there were no soft touch problems! The team did brilliantly, coming 4th.

In the final, Hannah Slaney (world youth bouldering champion, graduated from NICAS at Undercover Rock) was 2nd for the females and walked away with a nice £400 for her efforts. Eugenie Lee (GB Bouldering Team, came up through The Castle training and squad originally) came in 5th. Our other two team members were Sammy Oakes (GB Lead Climbing Team, did NICAS Level 1 and 2 at his local wall, Crystal Leisure Centre) and Hannah Zia (Level 4 NICAS graduate from Mile End Climbing Wall, now competing in their squad).

A great day - thanks to all involved!

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