10 Questions with … Kai Main

10 Questions with … Kai Main
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

Category C climbers – Kishan, Rhys, Kai and Ryan

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

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