Climber Waterhouse hoping for more success in 2013
CLIMBING star Alex Waterhouse reckons he can reach new heights this year.
The Horrabridge climber rounded off a successful 2012 with two podium places at national climbing competitions.
At the open youth event, held in Liverpool, he finished second, which, together with his European results gained during the year saw him re-selected for the Great Britain junior climbing team.
The next day he was in action again at the first round of the 2013 Junior British Bouldering Championships.
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There he gained another second place against strong opposition.
This result also saw him selected for the GB Junior Bouldering Team for next year.
Bouldering is basically rock climbing without a rope.
But it normally consists of very short climbs over a crash pad – dubbed a bouldering mat so a fall will not result in serious injury.
Climbers take on large natural boulders or artificial boulders in gyms and outdoor urban areas. However, it may also be practiced at the base of larger rock faces, or even on buildings or public architecture.
Waterhouse's father Phil said: "These results round off a good year of international competition for Alex.
"It looks like being a busy year for him, because he's got up to 10 international events on the cards, including the World Youth Championships in Canada in August."
The Devonport High School pupils best finish last year came at the European Championships in France, where he finished seventh.
At the moment, the Horrabridge teenager is ranked an impressive 13th in the world.
Alex Waterhouse, a student at Devonport High School for boys, said: "I'm very pleased with the way last year went, but this year I'm looking to be more consistent, as small mistakes cost me."
Waterhouse, who is supported by The Barn and TinyClimb Chalkbags, trains at the Barn Climbing Centre in Milton Abbot and the High Sports Wall in the Plymouth Life Centre.