Setting the trend with groundbreaking climber, Emma Twyford | St Helen's
Setting the trend with groundbreaking climber, Emma Twyford

We were delighted to welcome Emma Twyford to speak at our Sixth Form enrichment lecture. Emma is one of the reigning queens of British climbing, best known for her trad climbing prowess. Last year, she became the first British woman to break into the ninth grade with her ascent of The Big Bang in North Wales and is one of the few female route setters in the UK. She has recently set up ‘Creative Climbing in an attempt to inspire more women into the industry.

Emma captivated our Sixth Form students with her endeavours and adventures and explained how she has made a career from her love of climbing, which was introduced to her at the age of 7 by her father. As well as being a top climber, Emma has a BSc in Sport Science and coaching, is a successful freelance route setter and runs women’s route setting workshops.

After the lecture, Emma gave Year 11 students a masterclass on our climbing wall in the Sports Hall which was a complete privilege. Huge thanks to Emma for her generosity of spirit and for motivating and encouraging the girls to raise the bar.