Shauna Coxsey. Photo: Toby Ziff/Red Bull Content Pool

Shauna Coxsey. Photo: Toby Ziff/Red Bull Content Pool

Olympic climbing hopeful Shauna Coxsey has won a youth ambassador award for her contribution to Scotland’s mountains.

Coxsey has twice won the bouldering world cup championship and has been identified by UK Sport as a potential competitor in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Fort William Mountain Festival organisers announced on Wednesday that the 25-year-old had scooped the 2018 Scottish Youth Ambassador Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture.

The award recognises and celebrates the achievements and accomplishments of one inspiring young person and their outstanding contributions to Scotland’s mountains.

Coxsey is the current International Federation of Sport Climbing bouldering world champion and came third in the combined event in 2017, which also tests competitors in lead and speed climbing – and is the format for the Tokyo games where competition climbing will be included for the first time.

She is also the first British woman to climb the outdoor bouldering grade of V14 (8b+).

Shauna Coxsey said: “It is a real surprise and huge honour to receive this award.

“I am incredibly grateful to those who have nominated me. Although most people will know me from my day job as a competition climber, much of my free time is spent climbing outside whether that is on my doorstep in the Peak District or further afield.

“I love the fact that climbing is so varied and attracts people from all walks of life to try the sport either down a wall or at a local crag.”

She is a director of the Women’s Climbing Symposium, an event that promotes participation and progression of women in all disciplines of climbing and is also a trustee of the charity Climbers Against Cancer, set up by the late John Ellison to raise funding and awareness about cancer among the global climbing community.

The Runcorn-born climber now lives full-time in Sheffield.

The Fort William festival began on Wednesday evening. A festival spokesperson said: “Shauna Coxsey has achieved great success in competition climbing to become the United Kingdom’s most successful ever competition climber.

“She has also demonstrated her strong commitment and great desire to share and encourage participation amongst the wider climbing community.”

The award was jointly sponsored by Corpach Boatbuilding Company of Fort William and by the Nevis Landscape Partnership and Heritage Lottery Fund.

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