GB Development Squad member and young climber
Thank you to Kai for letting us interview him at the 2019 Open Youth Lead Championships at The Big Depot, Leeds.
Who you are and what do you do?
My name is Kai Main and I climb for the GB team. I’m 12 years old.
What was your first climbing experience?
When I was little I used to have to climb on the bench to get my bowl in the morning [laughs]. First actual climbing was with my Dad outdoors at Armathwaite on sandstone, at about 4-5 yrs old. The indoor climbing came later.
How did you know that climbing was your thing?
I just found it really fun and I always wanted to do it
Where is your favourite outdoor climb?
Malham Cove and Thailand was fun – they’re the only places I’ve been
What has been your proudest climbing moment?
Probably getting on team GB
What are your ambitions?
Win the Olympics and do well in other world competitions
Lead, Speed or Boulder and Why?
Probably boulder because I find it the most fun, but lead is also good as well
What are your most liked and hated healthy foods?
I like sushi but I don’t really like cauliflower
If not climbing, what sport would you be doing?
Definitely snow boarding or skiing
Give us an inspiring quote (either yours or someone else’s).
“Hard work beats talent”
Kai is sponsored by Eden Rock Carlisle
Interviewed for us by Rhys Conlon