Molly Thompson-Smith is the UK’s shining light in Lead Climbing. Five time National Champion at only 20 years old, she is currently ranked 7th in the World and set to compete in Tokyo as climbing enters the Olympics for the first time in 2020.

Born into the diverse community of Ladbroke Grove in London Molly started climbing at her local Westway sports centre at the age of eight. By the age of 16 she was ranked no. 1 in the world and won the European Youth Cup, and since 2011 she has continued to achieve outstanding results at both junior and, more lately, senior competitions. In 2017 she came third in the Senior Lead World Cup championship in Kranj, Slovenia, and finished 7th in the world overall.

A finger injury at the end of the 2017 season forced Molly to take 8 months out, but she fought her way back through patience and hard work to make a stunning return, winning the National Championships again in October 2018.

Taking the decision to focus full-time on her climbing ahead of Tokyo, and with the support of the Sky Sports Scholar programme, she now splits her time between the UK climbing hub in Sheffield and Innsbruck in Austria.

A leading figure in a visually striking sport Molly perfectly embodies female physical strength, agility and grace, as well as diversity in the world of outdoor sports. With 90% of the UK’s black population never having tried mountaineering or climbing Molly is determined to do her part to grow this by taking to the international stage and demonstrating the raw strength, physicality and mental challenge of pitting yourself against the wall.

Molly is an ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council (BMC),  speaking on behalf of the BMC and making personal appearances up and down the country to promote the BMC and climbing.


      2017 First British woman to win a medal in a                   Lead World Cup event (Kranj, November 2017)

      2017 Lead World Cup, global ranking of 7th

      5 time British National Lead Champion

      2014 European Youth Cup Champion

      Sky Sports Scholar


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Instagram – @mollyts123

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