Jemma Powel Tastes International Victory at UIAA European Youth Cup 2001

Over the weekend, the British Competition Climbing Team scored its first major success of the 2001 season. Competing in her first UIAA International event TROLL BICC Champion Jemma Powell ended up standing on the podium with a fantastic third place.Equal first at the end of the qualifying round Jemma missed out on second place by the narrowest of margins, Jemma touched a handhold that second placed climber, Austrian Angela Eiter, managed to hang on to. The winner of the Youth B Category (for those born in 1986 or 1987) was Tereza Kysilkova of the Czech Republic. There are five rounds making up the UIAA European Youth Cup 2001. The first one was in Apatity (Russia) held over the weekend of 31st March. The overall EYC is decided on the basis of best four results from five. The EYC 2001 culminates at the Entre-Prises and BMC Festival of Climbing, held at the Birmingham NIA on 7-9 December 2001, where Jemma will hopefully be competing for the title in front of a home crowd. We wish her luck in the remaining UIAA Youth events.The British Team is supported by UK Sport, Berghaus and Beal Ropes. Photo courtesy of John Arran.