I’d love to inspire and diversify the world of climbing, promote equality and expand its appeal to a wider audience, especially those from black ethnic minority backgrounds.
“When I was younger my Dad used to say to me that if you want to be the best you’ve got to always be training as though you are number 2 rather than number 1. That is the mindset that I have adopted throughout my climbing career and throughout life. Once you start training like number 1 you can begin to let your guard down and someone else, somewhere else, is probably training harder than you. You have to be that one person motivating yourself more than anyone else in order to always push to reach a higher level - it’s about doing that little bit more that no one else is doing.
I don’t just want to push myself to be the best at what I do, I want to use this platform to empower others to know they can do the same. I’d love to inspire and diversify the world of climbing, promote equality and expand climbing’s appeal to a wider audience, especially those from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, who are severely underrepresented in the sport. As an ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council I want to educate others about the climbing lifestyle and be a figure head for female strength, reliance and determination. I want to show the world that you don’t always have to fit the mould to be the best at what you do.”
Commitment and dedication are things that Molly never falls short on and her path to where she is now has not been an easy one. A severe finger injury at the end of the 2017 season forced Molly to take 8 months out of professional climbing. But, against the odds, she was back on the climbing wall only 20 days after surgery, forced to train with just her right hand.
Fighting her way back to the top of her game with patience, enthusiasm and a lot of hard work, Molly made a stunning return and won the National Championships again in October 2018. Her mental strength and perseverance to power through set backs and hard times is a true inspiration, and she hopes her journey so far can inspire others interested in the sport to take to the wall.
Molly Thompson-Smith is the UK’s shining light when it comes to Lead Climbing, but she doesn’t want her legacy to end there. In a sport that falls short on diversity, Molly is breaking barriers to diversify the world of climbing and inspiring a wider audience to take part in the sport she loves, especially young girls and those from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.