|On 29/01/2015 kieranl wrote:
>She's making a living by marketing her climbing, ergo a professional climber.
>A lot of professional climbers make their living out of marketing. In her
>case she's not marketing any world-class climbing achievements but her
>image as a climber.
>All sports, and life in general, abounds with people who make a living
>out of being brilliant at self-marketing as a sportsperson rather their
>actual achievements. To say that it's not fair on their more talented compatriots
>is just to rail against life at is.
>So, good on her.
Yes, when you put it that way, I'd have to agree with you but I have never seen climbing as a sport.
My climbing world has never really involved indoor climbing gyms or competitions or things like that. To me climbing is no more a sport than bushwalking or canyoning. I think that's why I still like climbing.
I would be interested in an example of a sportsperson in another sport who makes a living out of being brilliant at self-marketing rather than their achievements in their chosen sport.
Golfers still have to make the cut, Tennis players need to qualify, Footballers and cricketers still need to get picked in a team., etc...
But, like I originally said, good on her. She's very good at what she does, even if it isn't climbing.