Monday, 13 June 2016 14:14

Shauna Coxsey clinches Britain's first ever IFSC World Cup Series title to go with her MBE

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This weekend climber Shauna Coxsey finally clinched her, and Britain's, first IFSC Boulder World Cup Series title, following second place in 2013 and last year.

 

Although pipped to top spot on the podium in Vail, Colorado, by local climber Megan Mascarenas, a silver was enough to confirm Shauna as overall winner with an event to go. With the best 6 scores from the 7 rounds counting towards the overall standing the 80 points for silver gave Shauna an unbeatable lead in the standings with the Muich round still to go.

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Shauna’s victory topped off her weekend as it came just hours after news that she’d been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, listed as “Climbing Champion, For Services to Climbing”. She joins a group of climbers and mountaineers whose contributions have previously been recognised including Alan Hinkes OBE, Doug Scott CBE and Sir Chris Bonington.

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On the back of her competition success, Shauna has been instrumental in raising the profile of women in sport. She is co-founder the hugely successful Women's Climbing Symposium, she has helped promote the #thisgirlcan campaign and has been a strong supporter of getting young people outdoors. Shauna is also a trustee for the charity Climbers Against Cancer.

Rob Adie, of the BMC, which supports and administrates the GB Climbing Team remarked: “Huge congratulations to Shauna for both her MBE and for clinching the IFSC Boulder World Cup Championship title with an event to spare! “Saturday was a milestone day in competition climbing. With the decision on whether Sport Climbing will be accepted into the Olympics in 2020 fast approaching it’s important that we get competition climbing visible in the public eye as much as possible, which Shauna’s win and MBE will help us greatly to do.

“The GB climbing team are having a fantastic year and hopefully they will continue to go from strength which will be down to the hard work of the athletes and all the volunteer management which is fantastic.”

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The much anticipated decision by the International Olympic Committee on whether climbing will be included in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is expected on 3 August.

Before that, all eyes will be on the British Bouldering Championships which take place in Sheffield as part of the Cliffhanger festival on 9-10 July.