Keith Lynch | Tuesday 8th August 2017 9:10am
Keith Lynch talks paraclimbing at EICA
EICA:Ratho is proud to be hosting the Paraclimbing Cup this September 23rd and 24th. Keith Lynch is a member of the GB Paraclimbing team and we asked him what climbing, and the competition means to him.
Having the Paraclimbing World Cup here in Edinburgh is a fantastic opportunity for the GB para-climbing team to showcase the sport on home soil and promote para-climbing here in Scotland. As the only Scottish paraclimber competing with the GB team and I am very passionate about promoting the sport as much as I can.
Having had an accident in 2010 and losing my leg in 2013, paraclimbing has given me the strength and motivation to keep going, not only for me but also for my family. The accident and losing my leg was very traumatic and had a huge effect on us all. My journey has been a long one with doctors trying to prepare me for the worst by telling me I’d never walk again. But I can be really stubborn and determined so there was no way I wasn’t going to walk again!! I had to prove the doctors wrong and after 5 years of blood sweat and tears I have managed to make my family and myself proud through my achievements in the sport.
To promote the sport further after the world cup in September myself along with EICA Ratho and Climb Scotland are working on a regular paraclimbing club being based out of Ratho. For me this is so important to give people with disabilities the opportunity to get involved in paraclimbing and hopefully produce future champions.
The EICA Ratho is in my opinion one of the best climbing arenas we have in the UK when it comes to training on routes. For my training Ratho has everything I need and more. The management and staff have all been very supportive and helpful with my training needs and I can’t thank them enough for this.
We’re looking forward to cheering Keith and his team mates on in September!