Focus is Everything: Interview with Rock Climber Sierra Blair-Coyle

Nov 24, by Clara in Interviews

Hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, 22-year-old Sierra Blair-Coyle has been competing professionally since the age of 14. Sierra graduated in May 2016 from Arizona State University with a degree in marketing. She now enjoys traveling the world competing and doing what she loves full-time. We asked the professional rock climber about her focus, her goals and her motivation.

How and when did you discover your passion for climbing?

I discovered my passion for climbing when I was 8 years old. I first tried climbing at an outdoor mall by my house. The mall had a small wall that I would beg my parents to take me back to every day! I instantly fell in love with climbing.

Moments of discouragement help me appreciate all of the other happy moments

You are now travelling a lot – what’s the best part about it?

The best part of traveling is definitely seeing new, amazing places. Competitions have also allowed me to travel to places that normally would not have been on my list of places to see. I love seeing everything and try to take as much of the experience in when I am traveling.

 

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How important are goals to you? On what do you focus on?

Goals are important to me, but I think my goals are generally pretty broad. I focus on getting better as a climber and improving my weaknesses over time.

Have you experienced moments of discouragement? Why did you keep going?

As an athlete I have had some moments of discouragement. Even when they happen I try to focus on all of the positives in climbing, versus if I’m having a bad training day or had a bad competition. I truly believe that moments of discouragement help me appreciate all of the other happy moments in climbing.

I know that if I dedicate myself, anything is possible.

What was the best lesson you learned from climbing?

The best lesson I learned from climbing was that I can accomplish anything with hard work. It sounds cliché, but I know that if I dedicate myself, anything is possible.

What are your next projects?

Currently I am focusing on training for the upcoming season, climbing, outside, and enjoying being home in Arizona for a bit!

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