Molly Thompson-Smith

19/06/18 11:56am

Molly Thompson-Smith
Image: Molly Thompson-Smith is going up in the world

Molly Thompson Smith is scaling new heights in more places many people would care to imagine.

The fearless Sky Sports Scholar has already won 24 national titles as an indoor sport climber and began her first senior season at the age of 19.

This is a sport not for the faint-hearted and Molly is taking it in her stride and cannot wait to reach new peaks as a Scholar.

"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity with Sky," she said. "It's not only going to change my life as a performance athlete but will teach me skills that I can use off the wall too.

"I feel very privileged to be a part of the program coming from a minority sport that lacks funding or media interest and I'm lucky to have this partnership with Sky to hopefully change that.

"Having such a well respected and huge platform such as Sky, and support from mentors and the rest of the team, will allow me to promote climbing and myself to a wider audience.

"Climbing is a sport in which becoming a pro is a difficult feat, so having the program's resources will give me the best chance to see how far I can push myself, and even make a career out of my passion.

"It felt risky and ambitious to want to turn my climbing into a career, but I feel much more comfortable and excited to accept the challenge with the help of Sky.

"I'm also eager to meet the other Scholars and hear about their journeys and learn from them too.

"I'm coming into this opportunity ready to take as much on as I can and learn what it takes to get to the next level. Hopefully I will have the opportunities to carry on being involved in sport and broadcasting after I've finished competing."

Molly became the youngest senior national champion for lead-climbing aged 15. Her world ranking has never been outside the top 10 at junior level having been No 1 in 2014.

TOP FACTS

1) Born: 7 November 1997, London
2) Favourite indoor place to climb is Imst in Austria
3) Youngest senior national champion for lead climbing aged 15

"My best achievements so far would be winning my first European Youth Cup in 2014 and then just missed out being European champion a month later," she added.

"Making my first senior World Cup final this summer was amazing, as well as being the first Briton in my discipline in 14 years and only the second female. It was exciting to be a part of British climbing history and it's so exciting to see how far I can take it.

"I'm more motivated than ever to train as hard as I can and make the most out of Sky's support to achieve my goals of being the world's best and someone who is pushing the limits of my sport.

"I'm hoping to train full time wherever the best facilities are - mainly in Europe - and start preparing for Olympic Selection for 2020. I'm looking forward to the challenge of taking on two more disciplines and learning how to perfect my training, competition preparation and nutrition so I can be the athlete I want to be for Japan.

"I'd also like to win world titles in the boulder and lead disciplines, and be consistently at the top of competition climbing. I also want to inspire people to take up climbing whether it's indoors and out.

"The climbing lifestyle and community is one I'm very proud of, so to be an important figure inside that is my long term goal."