Basketball: Whitworth student helps England women win silver at the Commonwealth Games

Date published: 16 April 2018

The England women’s basketball team, including a student from Whitworth, won silver  at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Mollie Campbell, 23, from Whitworth, was a member of the England squad playing in this year’s Gold Coast Games.

England reached the final after beating Canada in the semi-finals, facing host nation Australia, who they took on during the pool stage.

Australia lead 26-10 after the first quarter and 49-31 after the second quarter. Seconds before the half-time buzzer, Campbell scored, netting an additional three points. Despite their best efforts, England were defeated 99-55, clinching a silver medal.

The team were presented their medals by Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Games Association of England, and Sarah Winckless MBE, Chef de Mission, Team England.

Campbell, the youngest player in the England squad, who currently plays for Leicester Riders and the Great Britain Women's team, is a third-year student at Loughborough University, where she is studying sports design and technology.

Her basketball career began at the age of 12, when she followed in her brother’s footsteps and took up the sport, playing for Manchester Mystics.

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