Milngavie climber Natalie Berry confident of podium finish in universities’ championship

Bearsden climber Natalie

Berry insists she is confident of success at this week’s

British Universities Climbing Series Gatorade Nationals .

The 22-year-old is in her final year of a modern languages degree at the University of Edinburgh and returns to the BUCS Gatorade Nationals a year after winning silver in both the individual and team events and gold the previous year in the individuals.

Despite worries over training due to her studies, Natalie has intensified her training ahead of the competition which kicks off in Sheffield on Friday.

The former Bearsden Academy pupil said: “My training has been slightly different this year as I’ve been in the middle of making a film project and for that I’ve been getting into other sorts of climbing and skiing.

“That means I’ve been doing a lot of cross training in a sense, meaning that I’ve not been climbing so much.

“I also had a year abroad in Grenoble, France, and Landeck, Austria, where I did climb a lot then but it was less structured and more climbing for fun.

“But I have had success at the BUCS events in the past and would love to do so again so I am not using that as an excuse.

“After winning gold in 2012 and only getting silver last year I would love to be back at the top again so I am going to go all out for that.”

She admits that she chose to study at the University of Edinburgh because of the Ratho Climbing Centre in the city. She developed her love for the sport when she tried her hand on a climbing wall 13 years ago, and hasn’t looked back since.

Natalie added: “I go abroad quite a lot on trips, both for fun and to compete. I love going to France to climb in the Alps.

“There are some British team members who should be competing in Sheffield, and the University of Sheffield has some good climbers, but Edinburgh’s got quite a strong team this year as well.”

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