Last December, Molly suffered a serious finger injury while climbing, which could have ruined her plans for 2018 and the longer term. However, following an operation and intensive rehabilitation and training, she was crowned British Lead Climbing Champion for the fifth time last weekend.
The British Lead Climbing Championships were held at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena on 6 and 7 October. Molly Thompson-Smith topped both her qualifying routes and then did the same in the final, securing victory in the competition on count back. Now a five-time champion at the age of only 20, Molly has never been beaten in the British senior lead climbing event.
Molly Thompson-Smith comments: “This year was a hard one for me; I had such high expectations after a great season in 2017, so to have to sit on the side-lines and rehab a serious injury for the majority of the season wasn’t exactly what I had planned. However, I’m really happy with what I managed to turn this year into, and to finish it with a win at the national championships is such a positive way to end 2018 and close the door on my injury.
“I felt a lot of pressure during this competition as it was the first time that I had competed on home turf in quite a while, and the standards were much higher than the last time I took part in the event two years ago. I’m happy with my current shape and the progress I’ve made in the short time I’ve had back climbing - I can’t wait to start training for next season and see what I can do then!”
Molly Thompson-Smith is a member of the Berghaus team of athletes and is a leading light in the GB Climbing Team, and also a Sky Sports Scholar. She began climbing at the age of seven, after choosing to have a climbing birthday party at the Westway Sports Centre in London. Molly soon developed a great passion for climbing and her talent was identified and nurtured at her local club. Now with over 20 national junior and senior titles to her name and a growing international reputation, Molly is aiming to represent Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she would compete in all three of the disciplines that will be included in the event (lead, speed and boulder climbing).
To find out more about Molly Thompson-Smith and her road to recovery from injury, read her blog on the Berghaus website here.