PCYC climbers reaching greater heights

PCYC rockwall instructor Banjo Lockhart tests the wall watched by PCYC adventure and fitness team leader Bec Bailey. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

PCYC rockwall instructor Banjo Lockhart tests the wall watched by PCYC adventure and fitness team leader Bec Bailey. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

AN indoor rock climbing wall will be opened at the Launceston PCYC in a little over a week.

The much anticipated wall is the only one in Launceston and just one of three in the state.

An official open day for the eight-metre by seven- metre panel wall will be held on Saturday, June 7.

Launceston PCYC adventure and fitness team leader Bec Bailey said yesterday it was hoped the wall would help attract people back to the club, particularly young disadvantaged youth and the community in general.

"We're getting a lot of interest about it, particularly on our Facebook page, so we're hoping it will be popular when it opens and gets people coming back here," Ms Bailey said.

She said the design of the wall was made in consultation with local rock climbers and was based on popular climbs around Launceston.

It was expected that schools and corporate groups would use the wall during the week and rock climbers in the evenings.

Ms Bailey said there were no age requirements for climbing the wall but the person holding the rope and directing the climber would be individually assessed on their capabilities.

The wall was funded to the tune of $225,091 through a federal Labor national crime prevention scheme, the Pathfinders Program.

The PCYC underwent a recent restructure after a financial appraisal of its operations, which led to the after-school care program ending in January.

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