Originally from Holland, I started my sporting life in athletics in which I competed at a national level and coached the regional junior team. I discovered climbing when I was 21 and to pay for my study fees I started working in a climbing wall. When I moved over to England in 2008 to life with my partner Andy Earl, climbing became a bigger part of my life both personal and professional. Together with Andy I travelled the world, developed climbing areas and helped building up Climb Newcastle. And before I knew it I shared the podium with Adam Ondra in Mello Blocco and became one of the first females to boulder F8a+.
Because circumstances have changed I can't climb outside as often as I use to. Therefore I started to focus more on the coaching side of climbing. As well as working for the Sport Science Department at Sunderland University I'm now a self-employed climbing coach and route setter.
Suz now coaches for the GB junior team and is helping the Dutch team develop their coaching set up.
Sponsors: Scarpa Uk, E9 UK, Climb Newcastle
MT/BMC awards and training: CWA, FUNdamentals 1,2, and Developmental Coach
Education: Neuro-Ethology degree, 5yrs PhD research, higher education degree
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