Fran Brown - Scarpa

Fran Brown

I was born in Cornwall and spent all of my childhood in the county. I learnt to climb as part of a school club on a granite block indoor wall and competed at junior level as an excuse to travel to real climbing walls. Growing up in Cornwall meant that I was rapidly introduced to outdoor climbing learning to trad climb in my early teens on the sea cliffs of Lands End and Bosigran. The appeal of outdoor climbing soon meant that I gave up competing concentrating on bouldering particularly on Dartmoor. Following a move to Cardiff for university, I relocated to London to work in theatre.
When I was 22 I suffered a spinal cord injury following a work accident that left me a C4 incomplete tetraplegic and a wheelchair user. With limited use of my hands I took a few years out from climbing to concentrate on rehab and a career change. When I was fitter I returned to rock climbing indoors and re-learning how to climb with my disability. I have subsequently managed to get back to climbing outdoors although my trips are very dependent on crag access and willing piggyback volunteers.
In 2012 I trained for and competed in the British para climbing series, winning each round becoming overall British para climbing champion. I started training full time and put that training to good use, winning the 2012 world para climbing championships.

In 2013 I had another successful year, competing full time in the para climbing world cup series winning 3 world cups and coming second at the European championships in a mixed class event. I also spent more time climbing outdoors bouldering.

In 2014 I won lead competitions in Imst and Arco. My ain focus for the year was the World Championships in Gijon, Spain where I  successfully defended my World Champion Title.

I’m now concentrating on outdoor projects over the winter before seeing what the competition schedule for 2015 is with the aim to switch my focus to outdoor climbing next year.

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