A DIRLETON boy has been crowned Scottish youth climbing champion.

Eight-year-old Tom Hamer won the title in dramatic fashion on countback after equalling the previous high point reached during the final.

The Dirleton Primary School P5 pupil qualified in first place and that position saw him take the title.

Dad Carl told Courier Sport: “I’m incredibly proud of Tom’s achievements.

“He’s had to make some tough decisions giving up judo and rugby competitions to concentrate on climbing and his dedication is paying off.”

Neil Busby, senior instructor at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA), added: “Tom is one of the most naturally gifted climbers I’ve seen and I’ve seen a lot of good young climbers coming through Ratho over the past 14 years. It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see what Tom can achieve in climbing over the next few years.”

Tom, who trains at Foresters Park climbing wall in Tranent during the week and at EICA at weekends, represents his school at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition this month. The finals are at Glasgow Climbing Centre on November 18.