Lancashire youngsters scaling new heights

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With climbing becoming a mainstream activity for schools, the competitions among Preston schools are getting more popular and competitive.

The under 14s gathered at West View Climbing and Leisure Centre, in Ribbleton, competing for girls and boys titles.

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Charlotte Williams, from St Cecilia’s Catholic High School, kept up her winning performances, taking the top spot again, with Ben Hurley, from Broughton Business and Enterprise College, taking the boys’ title.

Our Lady’s Catholic High girls’ team came third, with Broughton in second place, narrowly missing out on gold medals to St Cecilia’s.

With a tight boys’ competition, Fulwood Academy’s two teams were separated by 10 points, with team two in third place and team one in second. Broughton boys were clear winners.

Dean Brandwood, Preston Council’s school games organiser, said: “Gill Peet, the climbing development officer, in her farewell competition has made a huge impact on the development of climbing in Preston schools and, without her and her team, the climbing competitions over the past few years would not have achieved the accolade they now have.

“We all wish her well in her new ventures.”