Last year I went to the Women’s Climbing Symposium (WCS), an event “designed to inspire and develop women’s climbing through collective climbing experiences, the latest research, and the best coaching.”
My lasting memory has been of the incredible positive energy of all the women attending as well as those on stage. I was excited to hear that this year’s event will take place at The Depot, Manchester on 8 October.
The event was conceived by WCS Co-Director and pro-climber Shauna Coxsey together with Stephanie Meysner. Shauna has just won gold representing Great Britain in the first round of the IFSC World Cup.
Last year Shauna was joined by Co-Director Emma Flaherty, who has also just been appointed as the BMC’s new Vice President. Together they have built on the strength of the event, and the work of the Women’s Climbing Symposium was recognised nationally when it was announced as a finalist in the Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards.
The award recognises individuals and organisations progressing women’s sport, and will be determined by a public vote. If you would like to vote to support the work of the WCS visit the Women’s Sport Trust website and vote for them in the Inspiring Initiative – Local/Grassroots category before 1st May.
The full programme of #WCS16 will be announced over the next few months, but it’s worth booking early – the event has limited places and has sold out every year.