GB Paraclimber Isabella Walsh talks perfectionism, procrastination and Lizard Point

isabella-walshIn the run up to the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships, September 14-18, we are profiling the GB Paraclimbing Team who have been training all year to be in a strong position to challenge for a podium place at the Paris event.

Thanks to a sponsorship deal with Birchall Blackburn Law, the GB paraclimbing team is able to compete in a number of international competitions this year, including the all-important World Championships.

Isabelle Walsh, aged 20, from Leeds has been climbing for two years after getting involved through her university climbing club. Fellow GB Paraclimber, Sianagh Gallagher, is the inspirational reason Isabelle decided to start competing in the British Paraclimbing competitions.



Where is your favourite place to climb?

Outdoors it is either Lizard Point in Cornwall or anywhere in the Peak District. Indoors it’s either Red Spider or The Depot climbing walls.

What is your proudest moment?

Being offered a place on the GB Paraclimbing Team!

What is the toughest lesson you have learned?

Complacency is the enemy of success.

What are your goals for the future?

To be the best one handed climber in the world!

What are your weaknesses?

Sometimes I can try to be too much of a perfectionist and spend a lot of time on one tiny little thing. I’m also a procrastinator…

What was the last thing you watched on TV and why?

Great British Bake Off – it’s so addictive!

Your favourite music/artist?

Patent Pending.

What is your favourite film and why?

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Marvin the robot is a very relatable character.

Which member of the GB Para-Climbing team makes you laugh the most and why?

Esme comes out with some hilariously random things at times, and enjoys making it look like statues have stolen her leg, which is great in crowded cities.

Which member of the GB Para-Climbing team talks the most and what do they talk about?

This one is difficult as everyone seems pretty talkative.

If you could rescue one possession from your burning home what would it be and why?

I don’t know, that would definitely be a very spur of the moment thing and I would probably come out with something super random.