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Aston Hall and Rawmarsh Sandhill Represent WPT at the Greater Sheffield Bouldering Competition

On Friday 4th February, students from Aston Hall Junior & Infant School and Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary School competed in the Greater Sheffield Bouldering Competition at the Climbing Works in Sheffield.

Both schools qualified due to having the quickest five climbers in the ‘WPT Speed Climb’, which all eight Trust primary schools have taken part in during Term 1 and 2.

The two teams tackled a number of bouldering problems during the day, with the children having to use their heads to plot the best routes from the start hold to the finish hold. Each child got four attempts at each climb; 10 points were scored if they competed on try 1, 7 points on try 2, 5 points on try 3 and 3 points if they managed it on their final try. There was also a bonus hold on each climb, where the children would score an additional point for reaching if they didn’t manage to complete the climb.

Mr Walker and Mr Bloor were extremely impressed with both teams, who tackled all the problems in front of them with a real ‘never give up’ mentality.

Over 300 children will have taken part in the qualifying round between January and February half term, with the top 10 schools progressing through to the regional finals in March.

The results are in…

Over 80 Greater Sheffield primary school students attended the qualification rounds, with the top 9 schools qualifying for the finals below:

1st Hoyland Common Primary School
2nd Aston Hall Junior School
3rd Birdwell Primary School
4th Barlow C of E Primary
5th Rawmarsh Sandhill
6th Sitwell Junior School
7th Hoyland Springwood
8th Gorsey Brigg
9th Burton Road Primary School
The finals for Greater Sheffield Primary Schools will take place on the 30th March at 9:00-12:00pm. 
To finish 2nd and 5th is an amazing achievement, especially to say it was the first time our children had tackled bouldering problems (all the climbing they’re done with us at WPT they’ve had a harness on – this was all free climbing). We look forward to seeing how they get on in the finals at the end of March.