Students from Carlton Bolling were treated to a visit by a Bradford-born footballer who now plays in the FA Women’s championships earlier this week.
Molly-Mae Sharpe who began her career playing for Bradford City – her home town – was welcomed back to the district to give a talk to female students at the school about the possibilities of pursuing football as a career.
Ms Sharpe began playing for her local team – Thackley Ladies – when she was around 5-years-old before moving to Leeds United for a short stint.
She quickly moved to Bradford City before being poached by an American university – Miami’s Barry University – where she combined her burgeoning football, or soccer, as they say, a career with her education.
Upon her return back to England, Ms Sharpe joined Durham Women’s F.C, scoring 10 goals in 33 games in the 20/21 season. In August of last year, she was headhunted by Crystal Palace.
The West Yorkshire footballer, said: “It was my pleasure to visit Carlton Bolling, I want to say thank you to the school for having me. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to all the students and taking a session with some incredibly talented girls.”
The students at Carlton Bolling are in for another treat with an extra special guest visit planned for next week.
I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to all the students and taking a session with some incredibly talented girls.” – Ms Sharpe.
The lucky students will be visited by none other than Preet Chandi, better known as Polar Preet, who is the first South Asian woman to complete a solo expedition across Antarctica.
She will give a talk to the youngsters about her experiences of being the first South Asian woman to trek to the bottom of the earth alone.
Polar Preet, who is from Derby, is a British Army officer, physiotherapist, Nordic skier, ultra-marathon runner and endurance athlete.
At the young age of fourteen, Ms Preet moved away from home to play at a tennis academy and two years later, she moved to the Czech Republic to attend Novak Tennis Centre.
At the age of 19, the British-born Sikh moved back to the UK and quickly joined the reserves. A year later, she completed her first half marathon while studying for her physiotherapy degree.
She completed the gruelling 700-mile trek earlier this year in January, having endured temperatures of -50C. She completed the expedition in 40 days, finishing behind the time set by Johanna Davidsson of Sweden, who completed it in 38 days, 23 hours and five minutes in 2016.
With a “nothing is an impossible mindset” the extreme sports lover wanted to push herself out of her comfort zone and do something that would “inspire others to do believe in themselves and push their boundaries.”
Deputy Head of Carlton Bolling, Inam Laher, said: “We are so excited to welcome Polar Preet to Carlton Bolling on Tuesday. Selected students from Year 7 and winners of the resilience competition will have the pleasure to meet Ms Preet, whom I am sure will inspire the students with her amazing journey.
“The students will also get the opportunity to partake in a Q&A session with the explorer to discuss her life story and work in the British Army.”
The Inspirational Women Foundation, founded by Asian Standard’s editor and managing director, Fatima Patel, will be holding an intimate invite-only curry and chat session on Monday, 16 May with Polar Preet.
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