A Sneak Peek

Kendal Mountail Film Festival…

A while back my sponsor Adidas asked me to talk at Kendal Film Festival and I had agreed giving little thought as to what I was going to talk about, how many people would be there or what audience I might have. I gave minimal thought to all of this until about a week before and yet again I found myself in an very familiar unorganised frantic state trying to get everything ready. I guess if you leave things until last minute then they can only take a minute? Right.

After some help from my big sister I came up with the content for my talk and quickly realised I had no high res images for a slide show. A big thanks to Heiko Wilhelm, Lukasz Warzecha, Caroline Treadway, Alex Messenger and Diego Patete for getting images to me so fast.

I had so much fun writing my talk and putting my slideshow together that I decided to share a few bits with you all. Popping a few bits of it on here is much easier than presenting it up on a stage! Although, I did feel a great sense of  pride stood in front of over 100 people at the beautiful town hall of Kendal. The feeling I had just before stepping onto the stage was strangely similar to the feeling I have before going out to climb at a world cup. Terrified, sickly and nervous yet excited, eager and proud.

After a few little stutters I found my flow and an hour passed by in a flash! I was very honoured by the mixed crowd that attended I had not expected an age span from  6 to 73.

 

So here is a very brief summary of my presentation. I have squeezed the photos together and I am unable to publicise some but it still makes sense… (I hope)

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A special mention to my sponsors Adidas UK, Five Ten and The Climbing Hangar for making it all possible…

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The early years – My dreams and ambitons to become a prefessional athlete not just a climber and how the development of the sport allowed my persistance to become justified.

 

 

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Beoming a Professional – When climbing, training and competing turned into my job. And Mark became my coach. There is a quote by me in a magazine saying I don’t ever want coach and I hate being told what to do. The latter is still very true but I couldn’t imagine life without this guy now. My outlook on everything has changed not only climbing, training and competing but resting, sleeping, eating, life. He deserves an award for putting up with me.

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Support – My family are amazingly supposrtive! They keep my feet firmly on the ground and help me to achieve my goals. I spend a lot of time away from home but I always know that when I walk through my door I get to be just Shauna – sister, auntie, daughter, friend but just me.

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Training – My past year I trained harder, I had more structure and I was more dedicated than ever before. In my first year of world cups I did no preparation at all and finished 3rd overall. I had a very different approach to competion. This year I learnt that competing was not only a display of  your physical elements but underlying psychological battle too. In my second year of competing I finished 4th.

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The Season – Long, hard and tiring! There were highs and lows. I learnt a lot in the past season, every comeption I did left me inspired to improve new aspects of my climbing. I  had to play, understand and try to control the head game. New pressures and expectations. One long emotional roller coaster. I knew I was stronger and fitter yet my resluts were not relecting this.

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But then there were times when everything clicked! The BBC’s is the scariest competion of the year for me. I get way more nervous than in a world cup! At this competion everything went perfectly. I climbed, I just climbed. I didn’t worry, I didn’t panic, I didn’t care about anything other than climbing. I flashed every boulder in the final and retained my title. Proving I can access that desired head space.

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I also proved that I was stronger and fitter than the previous year when I climbed this boulder. Becoming one of only a few women in the world to climb the grade v13! But this also became an epic head battle for me!

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So this year I proved to myslef I was stronger and that Adidas Rock Stars I proved I could block everything out and compete when I felt super ill. I guess its partly thanks to food poisoning that I know I can walk out onto the mat an preform no matter how I feel.

So after an epic season I can now stand back and reflect on all I have learnt and enter the next season even more prepared, even stronger   both physically and psychologically!

I had a few more photos from trips, WCS and CAC but you can see all of those in my past blogs…

For those of you who came to my talk you will notice lots of things missing… my last slide in particular. For those of you who want to know more come here me speak some day! 🙂

Take a moment to think about what you have learnt this year.

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