Selston’s Molly making a splash

Molly Renshaw on her way to taking silver in the Women's 200m Breaststroke during the British Gas Swimming Championships at the Manchester Aquatic Centre, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2011. See PA story SWIMMING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Molly Renshaw on her way to taking silver in the Women's 200m Breaststroke during the British Gas Swimming Championships at the Manchester Aquatic Centre, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2011. See PA story SWIMMING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

SELSTON swimmer Molly Renshaw has capped a memorable year by competing for the Great Britain swimming team in the World Championships in Shanghai.

The 15-year-old was due to take part in the 200m breaststroke semi-finals after the Advertiser went to press yesterday (Thursday).

Molly is a member of Ripley RASCALS, as well as being part of the elite Derbyshire swimming squad Derventio eXcel.

She was named as the Derbyshire Sport Amber Valley joint Young Sports Person of the Year in 2009-2010, following that up by qualifying for the British Championships, where she won a silver medal with her Derventio teammates in the 4x100m medley relay. She also came fourth in the 200m breaststroke at the national youth championships and national senior championships in the 200m breaststroke.

This season has seen Molly soar. She competed at the British championships and, at only 14 years of age, won the silver medal in the 200m breaststroke in a final which consisted of girls up to seven years her senior. In the process, she broke British and English records in the semi-final and final, taking the record to a time of 2.30:45.

In achieving this, she gained selection onto the Great British team for the European Junior championships in Belgrade earlier this month.

A delighted Molly said: “I am really happy to get on the Great Britain team. It is great to be joined by my Derventio teammates. We all work very hard together and the atmosphere at the squad is great. We train hard and push each other, but we have so much fun too. To make the World Championship team is amazing.”

Her most recent success has been in the ASA Senior National Championships in Sheffield where she had one of the closest races of her life to win the silver medal, breaking the British and English 15-year age group records in a time of 2.27:67, the fourth fastest time in British history.

Derventio head coach Andi Manley said: “What Molly has achieved so far is fantastic, but it is also well deserved. She is committed to her training and is a great role model to all of our swimmers.”