Romford rock climber Theo Ward looking to compete on the world stage
PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 March 2018
Romford-based rock climber Theo Ward is making his way onto to the world stage as he heads off to first-ever international event – the Climbing Works Festival in Sheffield this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.
The 28-year-old, who teaches at Gidea Park College in Balgores Lane, is not your ordinary teacher as once the final school bell rings he heads off to train intensely for his sporting career.
Ward has been climbing for more than six years but has only really started competiting in national events in the last year and is now training six times a week to fulfil his dream of making it into the Great Britain squad.
“A lot of the world’s best climbers will be there, including the Japanese national champion,” said Ward.
“The Japanese are at the pinnacle of the sport at the moment so it’s going to be amazing to be able to test my performance against some of the world’s best.
“Most of the German team are coming and the European champion, so it’s going to be one of those competitions where as a national climber you’re fortunate you can test yourself.
“From my perspective it’s great to put myself up against them to see where I’m at in comparison to these guys and see what I possibly need to work on or I might find that I’m actually going on the right trajectory.
“Then going from that competition to this year’s nationals I can feel confident that if I continue following the programme that I’ve put together for myself I could give myself an opportunity to get myself onto the team GB climbing squad, which I suppose is my ultimate goal.”
He trains four times a week at Mile End Climbing Wall and spends his other two sessions in the gym and training mentally.
Ward, who competed in the national BlocFest 2017 competition, also revealed he never sets himself targets and just wants to keep improving his performances.
“For me ultimately my target is to always be able to perform and be at my physical best,” he added.
“I never set myself an outcome goal, it’s always about focusing on my performance as there are so many factors in climbing that you can’t control.
“But if I could get into the semi-finals, I would be absolutely ecstatic.”
You can follow him on Instagram at @tw.climber.