We were delighted to welcome back Molly Griffith, a Blue Coat Old Scholar (2003-2011) to our Prep assembly on Monday morning. Molly shared her inspirational ‘Journey in Sport’ and how she has overcome many obstacles and challenges to become one of Great Britain’s youngest Parasnowsport athletes. Despite being born very prematurely and with only a 6% chance of survival, Molly survived bleeding in her brain and heart surgery. This resulted in the limited use of the right side of her body but instead of this being a hindrance, Molly, who was a very determined little girl, learnt to ski almost as early as she learnt to walk!
Skiing soon became a great love and was something Molly was able to do whilst at Blue Coat when the School had a ski team. Her race career began in 2015 when she was selected to become an invitational athlete for British Parasnowsport. Molly went on to train more regularly and intensively, travelling up to Manchester and going away on training camps. She was classified by the International Paralympic Committee of Alpine Skiing as LW9.1, the more severe classification of someone with both a leg and arm impairment. Molly competed in her first international race in November 2015 and achieved a gold medal in the under 17s competition. She won another gold medal at the British Championships in April 2016 and a silver medal this year, which was presented by HRH Prince Edward.
Now a member of the British Parasnowsport’s Development Team, Molly introduced some of her teammates in her presentation. They all have a different type of disability ranging from sight impairment to wheelchair skiers but they all share a love of skiing and a desire to win.
At the end of assembly, a couple of the children were challenged to putting on Molly’s shinguards with one hand; something which Molly has become used to, as well as skiing with one pole, due to her cerebral palsy. It certainly wasn’t easy and there was definitely some cheating going on!
Molly told us, “Skiing for me has always been exhilarating, and has given me a sense of freedom that I can’t experience in normal life. My goal is to represent GB in the 2022 Paralympics which will be in Beijing in China. I would love to win a gold medal. This March some of my team mates will be in South Korea for the 2018 Paralympics, and I will be watching and supporting them.”
Her story clearly had a big impact on the children who had lots of questions for Molly at the end of her presentation. Molly then spent time visiting her former House Head Mrs Lynn in the DT room and helping Year 3 with their felting project! We are all very proud of Molly and wish her all the best for the future.
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