Sheffield welcomes 80 competitors to The British Bouldering Championship in the heart of The Outdoor City today.
Expected to attract crowds of over 6,000 to Devonshire Green during the course of today and tomorrow, this is the first time the British Bouldering Championship BBC has been hosted in Sheffield city centre and is free to watch.
The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) will be livestreaming all the action with world-class climbers Mina Leslie-Wujastyk and Gaz Parry, both former competitors in the BBCs themselves, commentating on the action as it happens. You can watch the live broadcast from the BMC website here.
Veteran British boulderer Dave Barrans, a regular competitor in the World Cup series is favourite in the Men’s category, whilst Sheffield’s own *IFSC World Cup champ and last year’s BBC winner Shauna Coxsey will be battling to retain her crown.
Sheffield climbing talent Shauna Coxsey said: “Winning the British Bouldering Championships here in Sheffield last year was amazing. I am excited to now call Sheffield my home and I'm really looking forward to competing in the city centre this year against some of Britain’s most talented climbers.
"There is a huge community of climbers and outdoor adventurers in the city. It's clear why Sheffield is The Outdoor City.
“The Women’s Climbing Symposium 2015 took place in Sheffield and it really showed how strong the climbing community is here. It's been great to see our community connecting with mountain bikers, runners, cyclists and walkers through The Outdoor City to celebrate and inspire each other.
"Having recently won the overall world title, I am excited to defend my British title right here in Sheffield– it doesn’t get much better than that.”