October is Breast Cancer Awarness Month. There is an annual campaign to increase awarness of the disease. We are continuing our Women in Sports series. This time let us introduce you young women competing in climbing.
Ashima is a 15 year-old american rock climber. Her parents immigrated from Japan in 1978 to New York. Since then they live in New York. The talented young girl started climbing at age 6 in New York City´s Central Park, doing bouldering. First she made a name for herself by bouldering and challenging several boulder problem (V10, V11, V13) She is the youngest person to ever to climb grade V13. At age of 13, she climbed the route Open Your Mind Direct (9a+) and Ciudad de Díos (9a/+) in Santa Linya, Spain.
“In climbing, gender really doesn’t matter,” Shiraishi says. “You’re just facing the wall. It’s just your determination and focus and dedication, and that’s what makes you stronger.” She continues “When I climb, I’m doing what I love to do,” she says. “I feel like a leader of myself, not a leader of a sport.” Ashima is incredible talented and determined.
Follow her latest climbs and results on her Facebook page.
The 24 year-old climber currently lives in New York City. She started climbing at age of 6, in 1998. In the last few years she won many titles. World Champion for Female Overall, three-time US National Champion, undefeated Pan-American Champion since 2004, undefeated Junior Continetal Champion between 2004 and 2010.
She was the third woman, first North American, in the world who accomplished the grade 9a. Besides climbing, she has several publications, travels around the World, gives speeches and clinics. Sasha studies Writing and Business at Columbia University.
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