Mollie Campbell, the 23-year-old from Whitworth, was awarded a silver medal in the finals of the Ladies Basketball against Australia at the Commonwealth this year! Since then she has been invited to 10 Downing Street to celebrate her sucess.
Mollie began her basketball career aged 12 when she would accompany her older brother Jake, who was playing for National Championship winning team, Manchester Magic. She began to train with Manchester Mystics as a way of killing time whilst waiting for Jake to finish training, however her talent was soon spotted and she was recruited to the England Development programme. This led to Mollie representing England in tournaments across Europe at U16s and U18s level, before moving on to play for Great Britain U20s and currently Great Britain Senior Women.
Mollie is currently studying for a Sports Engineering Degree at Loughborough University, where she also plays for WBBL Division 1 team, Leicester Riders. Previously, her love of, and talent for Basketball secured her a Scholarship at the University of Arkansas in America, where she played for their Division 1 College Team, having the opportunity to play tournaments all over America, including the stadium of NBA team Houston Rockets, in Texas.
Mollie is a true inspiration for local girls in the valley. No-one could have predicted she would have achieved the things she has, or visited the many countries worldwide, Mollie is proof that anything is possible if you are prepared to work hard!
Mollie’s family would like to thank Andy O'Sullivan for his continued and generous support in helping Mollie.