TWENTY-two-year-old former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil Michelle Dinsdale has achieved her long-held double ambition after five years of hard work and commitment to studying for a degree in medicine and pursuing her sporting ambition.
Michelle has successfully completed her final exams in medicine at the University of Manchester and, last weekend, was part of the winning team at the University National Association Netball Championships, held at King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham.
Michelle captained her team, the University of Manchester Medics, last year but relinquished the captaincy this year to concentrate on her final exams. She remained a key member of the squad however, and was keen to have one last attempt at winning the championships. Her team beat Kings College London in the closely fought final.
Michelle is due to leave the UK for nine weeks to undertake a student placement in Hamilton, New Zealand, and then on to The Cook Islands. On her return, after graduation, she will take up a post of Junior Doctor at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Meanwhile, Michelle’s older sister Nicola, who runs a family sports injury clinic in Clitheroe, has been selected to work at the Olympics in London. She will join the team based in the Olympic village as Graduate Sports Therapist, covering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.