- Born27 January 1993United Kingdom
Only in her mid 20s, Shauna Coxsey is already Britain's most successful ever competitive climber and the UK's first ever Bouldering World Champion.
Considering she does not come from a climbing background, Shauna's achievements in the world of bouldering are all the more impressive. "I have five sisters and a brother and none of them do anything sporty. I’m definitely the black sheep," she said in an interview with The Red Bulletin.
Inspired by a climbing movie featuring French free climber Catherine Destivelle, Coxsey first went to a climbing wall when she was only four years old. Although she was not tall enough to be allowed to climb, she continued to insist and was eventually allowed on the wall a few months later. She immediately knew that climbing was her thing – and hasn't looked back since.
Coxsey is one of only four women ever to have climbed a boulder route graded 8B+, the third-most difficult rating of all. She has also won every British Bouldering Championship she’s ever entered. In 2016, she won the Women’s Bouldering title at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup – and went onto do the same in 2017.
In 2016, she was also named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list as a recipient of an MBE – the very same weekend she claimed the IFSC Boulder World Cup title.
Now, Shauna has her sights on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where climbing will make its debut.
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