Head Bouldering Climbing Coach
Jackie has been training and competing since she was 12, but not as a youth climber, an equestrian. She trained with Olympic rider Kathy Connolly, and learned about what it takes to be a top athlete. When she started climbing in 2008 it was an immediate addiction. After a few years of working with amazing climbers like Josh Larson, Sydney Mcnair, and Dave Wetmore she combined the skills from her riding career with what she had learned from these professional climbers.
When coaching, Jackie likes to create well -rounded athletes by concentrating on their flexibility, mental focus, balance, strength and joint stability. Her path down this coaching philosophy began with a major injury that forced her to change her outlook on the sport.
After shattering her ankle on a highball boulder out in Colorado, Jackie became dedicated to preventative strengthening and stretching techniques. With a background in personal training, she utilizes these skills when working with adults, Para climbers, and youth athletes. By focusing her efforts on a well-rounded training program, she hopes to help climbers avoid injuries like the one's that she had.
Back home in the Northeast, Jackie spent most of her coaching time with the Youth Team, where she coached children at the elite level. These young athletes regularly compete at the national and international level today. She also started successful programs like the Adult Team and Granite Girls, which created a stronger climbing community in Boston. When Jackie is not coaching she loves to hike and climb outside.
Some of Jackie's favorite climb's:
Gone in 60 seconds V8, and John's Arête V8 in Pawtuckaway State Park, Tiger Stripes V7 and Tommy's Arête V7 Rocky Mountain National Park, See Spot Run V6, Daily Dose V7, New Religion V7, Belly of The Beast V7, Hueco Tanks. Kundalini 13.a, Aquarius 12.d, Whip Tide 12.c, Giant Man 12.c, Social Distortion 12.c, Flesh For Lulu 12.b, Rumney, NH.