When four-year-old Shauna Coxsey first laid eyes on a bouldering wall she knew she was looking at fate—but destiny was put on pause after she was deemed too little to climb.
Nevertheless, the Runcorn girl persisted. A few months later, she started scaling walls and began her ascent toward Tokyo, where both Coxsey and sport climbing will make their Olympic debuts.
Coxsey quickly became one of the country’s most successful competitive climbers, winning every British Bouldering Championship she entered and taking home back-to-back golds at the 2016 and 2017 IFSC Climbing World Cups.
Now Coxsey, who was initially inspired by a documentary featuring French mountaineer Catherine Destivelle, will have the opportunity to influence the next generation of British boulderers after being named Team GB’s first-ever sport climber in February.