Kids find that climbing wall rocks

Taylah Latham, 11, tried out the indoor climbing wall at Launceston's PCYC. Picture: Geoff Robson.

Taylah Latham, 11, tried out the indoor climbing wall at Launceston's PCYC. Picture: Geoff Robson.

LAUNCESTON'S PCYC was overrun by hundreds of children yesterday for the opening of the city's first indoor climbing wall.

The seven-metre wall was nervously traversed by wide- eyed kids throughout the day, safely kept in harnesses and watched on by human belays from the floor.

The PCYC ushered in its newest equipment with celebration, holding a barbecue, gymnastics and trampolining display, and children's activities throughout the day

A smaller wall for toddlers was set up next to the main feature which is one of few operating in the state.

Climbing wall co-ordinator Rebecca Bailey said any age group was able to use the wall.

She said climbing had many benefits such as teamwork, confidence and trust building, and worked on strength and agility.

Ms Bailey said the wall's holds would be moved regularly to change routes and challenges.

Taylah Latham, 11, of Lefroy, yesterday described her climb as "scary but fun".

The PCYC received $225,000 for the wall through federal national crime prevention scheme, the Pathfinders Program.

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