Molly Caudery: Everything we know about Team GB’s pole vault champion ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics

The Paris Olympics is fast approaching, meaning it is high time to get to know the members of Team GB. Let’s meet Molly Caudery, the pole vault champion.

Paris Olympics Team GB pole vault Molly Caudery
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Paris Olympics Team GB pole vault Molly Caudery

Molly Caudery is one of the athletes chosen to represent Great Britain at the Paris Olympic Games this summer. At just 24 years old, Molly has already proven she is capable and became world champion in March 2024 at the World Athletics Indoor Championships, as per The Sun.

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Molly was born on March 17, 2000, in Truro, Cornwall. The pole vaulter grew up in Illogan and has always had a taste for sports, including surfing, which is a popular sport down in Cornwall. As per Team GB’s web page, Caudery first tried her hand at gymnastics but eventually switched to pole vault.

From the ages of 10 to 18, she was coached by her dad Stuart and trained at Cornwall Athletics Club. It seems that pole vaulting runs in the family as her father, mother and brother are also pole vaulters.

Now that we know more about Molly’s background, let’s dive deeper into her career and personal life.

Molly Caudery’s pole vaulting career

From a young age, Molly Caudery has shown a promising career in pole vaulting. As per Team GB’s web page, at the age of 17, she won silver at the 2017 European Athletics U20 Championships in Italy.

Then in 2018, she represented England at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and finished 5th. Caudery was then offered a scholarship at the University of Miami. However, as reported by The Sun, Molly admitted that the university was not helping her development and switched to Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England.

Molly changed universities around the same time the Covid-19 pandemic hit, therefore it made sense that she would return to the UK. Fast forward a few years, Molly has now been selected to represent Great Britain at the Paris Olympics this summer.

Speaking about her selection, Caudery admitted that she was aiming for the LA Olympics in 2028 but she has gained ‘so much confidence’.

As per The Sun, she said:

Prior to this year, my sights were always set on LA 2028. But things have really snowballed, I’ve built so much confidence.
Taking that into Paris, I’d love to get a medal

Molly Cauder has a love for travelling

Not only is Molly Caudery passionate about pole vaulting, but she also loves to travel, and thanks to her chosen career, she has done so to many places. Molly shares a glimpse into her personal life on Instagram, where she has amassed 251K followers.

On her feed, she often shares photos from her travels. As per The Sun, Molly has attended several training camps around the world. Currently, Team GB’s pole vaulter is training for the Olympics in New Zealand with her coach Scott Simpson.

Before her training, Molly enjoyed a holiday on Italy’s Amalfi coast. Some of the other places Caudery has been fortunate to visit are South Africa, Indonesia, Greece, the Canary Islands, and the Bahamas.

Naturally, one of her next destinations will be Paris, France, where she hopes to take home a gold medal.

Molly Caudery is in a relationship with fellow athlete Joel Clarke-Khan

Molly Caudery is one half of a very athletic couple. She is currently dating Joel Clarke-Khan, a professional high jumper. As per The Sun, Joel has also been selected to represent Team GB at the Paris Olympics after becoming British champion by winning the high jump event at the 2020 British Athletics Championships.

Naturally, Molly and Joel have a lot in common as professional athletes, but Joel also shares Molly’s love of travelling, he went with his girlfriend to Italy and shared some photos on his own Instagram page.

Joel was born on September 30, 1999, in Worcester, as Team England’s web page explains. In 2022, Joel competed at the Commonwealth Games and came 5th in the high jump event. Clarke-Khan’s coach is Olympic silver medallist Robbie Grabarz.

The Sun also reveals that Joel is a model and that he is represented by FORTE Model Management.

Molly Caudery recently signed with Adidas

Molly Caudery signed with the German sportswear brand, Adidas back in January 2024. It is always a big accomplishment for any athlete to sign a deal with a brand, especially one as big as Adidas - just in time for the Olympics.

Molly shared on her social media the various kits the brand had sent her and asked her fans for recommendations on which ones she should wear. Speaking about her accomplishment, Molly told her followers:

It’s an absolute dream come true to have officially signed with @adidas 🤩 I’m so so excited for the year to come… with my first comp this Sunday!!! Which comp kit should I wear?

Fans congratulated Molly:

So Awesome !!!! Congrats !!! Now time to compete and continue that road to Paris 2024.

Another added:

Hard work pays off

Molly Caudery’s fans think she should be a model

As mentioned before, Molly shares her life on her Instagram page, and when she goes travelling, she often shares her relaxing moments on the beach. Many of Molly’s followers believe she should start a modelling career.

As per Mirror, Molly’s father, Stuart, has responded to these comments and admits that modelling could be a future career for his daughter:

I can see why they might think that, and it may lead to other things later in life.

However, he explains that it is just Molly’s way of relaxing and that she has many other talents apart from pole vaulting. He stated:

She has many talents along with the pole vault, she enjoys baking to relax and is really good at it.

Finally, he added that his daughter has talked about taking part in The Great British Bake Off and that it would be something she'd love.

She was the chief scone maker at the cafe and loves baking cakes.
There has been talk of the Great British Bake Off, she would love to do that.

We are curious to see what the future hold for Molly...

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Sources used:
Team GB: ‘Who is Molly Caudery, Britain's new pole vault world champion?’

The Sun: ‘GOOD MOLLY Inside Team GB Olympic hope Molly Caudery’s amazing lifestyle, from travelling the globe to romance with fellow athlete’

Team England: ‘Joel Clarke-Khan’

Mirror: ‘Britain's new golden girl: Molly Caudery becomes the world pole vaulting champion


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