West Coast PRO Climber en National Youth team member Paul Brand finished third in the category boys B last weekend at the European Youth Competition Boulder in Delft, the Netherlands, the best result of all the Dutch participants and his first international titel!!!
In Pauls category boy B 39 boys climbed. Paul qualified ranking eight on Saturday. The results of all climbers were very close to each other, which could be seen also in the finals. With the Bouldergym stuffed with a hot and enthousiastic audience Paul topped boulder 1 and 2 fairy steadily, in only 5 attempts. At boulder 4 he almost reached the top, but he certainly got the bonus. Boulders 3 and 4 were pretty difficult, and only the french winner Paul Jenft topped them all.
In the qualifications several members of the West Coast Climbing team contested apart from Paul: in the girls B category Lisa Klem competed, who had earned her start ticket by finishing second at the National Youth Competition last April. In the girls junior category Tiba Vroom, also a member of the National Youth team, participated. Lisa, for whom it was the first time at an international tournament, did not qualify for the finals, she obtained a respectable 27th place (out of 41 climbers), best Dutch result in her category. Tiba reached the finals neither, with a 13th position out of 18 competitors.
Bouldergym Delfts Bleau hosted the European Youth Competition Boulder, which is is a series of competitions in different European cities organized by the IFSC. Youth climbers from 26 different European countries first had to qualify by climbing their best on 8 boulders on Saturday. The ten best contesters in each of six categories were selected for the Finals on Sunday. In total 21 Dutch climbers participated in the qualifications: 12 of the National Youth team and 9 who had earned a wild card by excellent performance at the National Youth Competition in april.
Paul, who was 15th in the EYC Boulder in Graz, also participates in the European Lead climbing. Recently he climbed this competition in Voiron (France) (29th place) and in Imst (Austria) (25th place).
Photography: Sytse van Slooten