Sky’s the limit for Bearsden indoor climber Natalie

natalie berry
natalie berry

TOP indoor sports climber Natalie Berry won silver at the British Universities Climbing Championships on Saturday in Sheffield – an event she won last year.

The Bearsden sportswoman (21) is currently studying languages at Edinburgh University, which also picked up the team silver.

Berry said: “I was pleased with the team result, but a little disappointed that I ran out of time to complete all the ‘problems’.

“If I could have been able to finish the final problem I would have been in with the chance of coming first.”

The former Bearsden Academy student is more used to bouldering competitions.

She added: “You are basically in a queue with other competitors, waiting to compete.

“There were hundreds of 
competitors from all the 
universities and it was quite hectic.

“The main thing is to get some of the harder ‘problems’ out of the way first as they have more points, which I did, but then ran out of time to complete a final, easier one.

“For some ‘problems’ the queues were over 15 minutes long waiting to get on the wall.”

A couple of days before the competition, Natalie was in Landeck, Austria, were she is on her second work placement as part of her university degree.

She is part of the University of Edinburgh Elite Sports Programme and was flown over by the university to compete.

ON THE MOVE . . . Natalie is pictured in action. She is one of the rising stars of climbing.