British climber Shauna Coxsey has dominated the world circuit this year and topped the season with an extraordinary weekend competing in Vail, Colorado. In the sixth round of the IFSC Boulder World Cup, she finished in second place, securing her the overall title of world champion following a string of gold medals in the previous rounds.
Midway through the competition it was also announced that she been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list as a recipient of an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to climbing. Recognising her outstanding contributions to the climbing community through her involvement in the Women’s Climbing Symposium and Climbers Against Cancer, as well as her competition success, the award came as surprise to Shauna.
Posting on her Facebook Page, she wrote:
“Oh wow. What a day! I can’t believe I have managed to secure the overall World title!! MBE and 1st in the World…WHAT?! I never imagined I would be where I am now. A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you for supporting me and following along on this crazy journey!”
Shauna is only the third British climber ever to win a senior world title. Simon Nadin won the first ever World Cup Lead Climbing series in 1989 and Fran Brown is a two-time World Paraclimbing Champion.
Climbing is a sport with strong British roots and Shauna’s weekend of success is bound to be celebrated by the climbing community across the UK.