In 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.
Phillip Mitchell, aged 22, is from Liverpool and has been climbing for more than 4 years. His first taste of the wall was when a friend took him to an indoor climbing centre. He would definitely encourage everyone and anyone to give it a go.
Where is your favourite place to climb?
Hard to choose, too many amazing crags.
What is the toughest lesson you have learned?
Spraining the only ankle you have is a nightmare.
What are your goals for the future?
To keep on enjoying climbing.
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Who inspires you and why?
Jerry Moffat. He lived the dream!
What other sport would you like to try if climbing did not exist and why?
The one where you chase cheese down a hill…
If you had to eat the same meal every day for the rest of your life. What would it be?
Do you have a favourite sinful snack?
What was the last thing you watched on TV and why?
Grandma’s Boy because it makes me laugh.
Your favourite music/artist?
What do you sing in the shower/on car journeys?
I’ll sing to anything.
Which member of the GB Paraclimbing team makes you laugh the most and why?
Myself, I think I’m quite funny…
Which member of the GB Paraclimbing team talks the most and what do they talk about?
Dave, and himself!