NEWAYGO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan teen will compete on the world stage after earning a top spot during the national championship for her sport.
Sitting in class at Tri-County High School Wednesday morning 14-year Molly DeJohn learned about the history of the world while at the same time dreaming of all the places she'd love to see one day. Soon, one of those dreams could become a reality if the young student, and very accomplished athlete, gets the chance to compete in what she calls a once in a life time opportunity.
"Not many people get to go compete in something so huge. Which it is just as huge as the Olympics you know," said DeJohn
The event is the world championship in a sport Molly has loved since she was 7-years old and if you trying to guess what it is based on her petite 120 pound frame, you're probably in for a surprise.
"I know," laughs Molly. "My brothers they mainly inspired me to get into it because they were doing it when I was really little. They kept saying 'you got to do it. You have to try.' Then I started winning and they were like Molly is better than us. Then they just kept putting me into it and I kept getting better and better."
Molly, who looks more like a model than a jock, has won several state championships over the course of her career as an arm wrestler. This summer she placed second in the Unified National Championship securing her spot as one of only two athletes in their weight class to represent the USA in the world championship this December. She is the only competitor from Michigan to make the team.
"It feels pretty good and nerve wrecking at the same time. A lot of pressure," she said.
Adding to the pressure is despite being invited, Molly is not sure she will make the competition. Her mother, Janice DeJohn said her husband Don "lost his job about a year ago so it is really hard to come up with extra money right now to be able to fund it."
The determined family are selling candy bars and doing other fund raising to come up with the $2,500 needed for travel fees and expenses.
If there is one thing Molly has proven over the years is to never count her out because she has the heart of a true champion.
The DeJohns have started a fund, sanctioned by the US Armwrestling Federation, to raise money for molly's trip to the world championship in Nevada in early December.
They ask that donations be sent to:
Molly DeJohn World Armwrestling Fund
PO Box #214
Newaygo, MI 49337
By Angela Cunningham