Jessica Sakura Ward, at 10 years old, Jessica has onsighted 7a+ and climbed V7 outside
“I think that the role of the junior sport parent is to provide high quality training environments, coaches, and plenty of training time to their child. So despite the fact that we need to drive 1 hour and 10 minutes to White Spider, joining the White spider squad was one of the best decisions Jessica and I made.
The squad training is always friendly but intense. Jessica’s lead climbing skills have been hugely improved because of the training opportunities on offer through the variety of routes in the centre. She used to suffer fear of falling, but because of repetitive practice and high level of coaching, she has overcome her fear. In fact, she enjoys falling now.
There are many enthusiastic young climbers who inspire and influence Jessica in the squad. For instance, Lucy Garlick, who is a member of GB development squad, is her ultimate role model as a mentally and physically strong climber.
The head squad coach, Guy davenport, is the main reason to join the squad. He was one of the coaches in her previous squad, and Jessica followed him without hesitation. He understands Jessica’s strength and weakness inside out. As Jessica calls him “her dad in climbing”, he never stops motivating her and expands her potential to reach another level.
In short, White Spider is the only squad she picks, and she is so fortunate to have found her team like a family.”
Urara – Mum