- National Federation
- USA Climbing
When you started competing in international competitions, did you see yourself being in the top-10?
When I started climbing I was positive that I had found a sport for life. While my involvement in the sport was certain, my success was not. I had no idea that I would eventually travel the world to compete, much less be in the top ten. I took gratitude in knowing that I had discovered a true passion; which is not something many twelve year olds can say.
What motivated you to compete rather than just to climb outside?
I’ve always loved climbing outside, but I grew up in a flat city where real rock was simply not accessible. Being in a gym was all that I knew, but it created a special environment that has definitely shaped who I am as a climber and person. Surrounded by plastic, I learned the value of a team and a sense of community. These things would not have been possible at a small crag. Competition climbing is special for the same reason; it has the ability to bring people from around the world into a single gathering and connect them via a shared passion. The friendships I’ve made through my climbing experiences are truly unforgettable.
What influenced you to start competing?
I started competing as soon as I started climbing. I’ve always had a competitive spirit. I like competitions because they force you to push yourself in an all-or-nothing way. It can be scary and stressful and sometimes disappointing, but it’s always an adventure.
Who most helped you get to where you are right now?
Tons of people have helped me to get where I am. I’ve been extremely lucky to have such a broad support system. More than anyone else, I’d say my parents have been the most influential. They taught me that anything is possible if you set your mind to do it.
What are some struggles you face as an athlete?
As a younger athlete, I faced issued with my weight. It’s not something I like to talk about, but I mention it here because I’ve come to recognize it as a common issue among female climbers. I think it’s important for girls to recognize that being healthy and happy should be their number one concern, and that being strong is about more than pulling hard moves. It means having a positive self-image and working for success in nourishing manner.
What advice could you give to Young Athletes?
Achievement only takes two ingredients; hard work and self-belief. The universe will support your goals if you have those things.
- Running, hiking, playing games, catching up with friends.