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Ex-student selected for the GB deaf women's football team

Posted on: 17/07/2017

Ex- DGS student Molly Ripley has been selected for the GB deaf Women's Football team to play in the deaflympics.

Molly, who was a vital member of the three -time national cup winning football team at DGS, has been training with the GB team for the last year. The exceptionally talented young goalkeeper has proven her worth despite only being 16 and one of the youngest members of the squad and 1 of only 2 goalkeepers to be selected.

Team GB have had to work hard to secure funding to travel to the Deaflympics, which is being hosted in Turkey from the 18th-30th July. The team required over £125,000 to participate in the event, and secured support and financial backing from ex-Manchester United and England skipper Gary Neville, as well as Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland.

It is also worth mentioning that Molly's talent extends further than Football. She has also been training with the England women's Deaf Rugby squad.

We are extremely proud of Molly's success during her time at DGS, and are delighted to see that she has continued to flourish in sport. We are thrilled that her talents have been noticed by the GB selectors to give her this opportunity to play to the very highest of standards at the deaflympics. We look forward to watching Molly and her team and wish them the very best of luck in their pursuit for Gold.

Molly and her team will kick-start their campaign on Tuesday 18th July against Poland.
The team’s progress can be followed on twitter @GB_DeafFootball or by downloading the app ASpor for live streaming of the teams matches.

Good luck Molly and Team GB!

Written by PE Department
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