Sophie was paralysed from the chest down following an 7 metre fall in 2011 from a roof terrace when she was 22. She had recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Sociology. Following time at Kings College Hospital in ICU and then Stoke Mandeville hospital to complete rehabilitation, Sophie was accepted to UCL Institute of Education, to undertake a Primary PGCE and train to be a primary school teacher.
Prior to starting the course Sophie went on a trip to Winter Park, Colorado with the charity Back Up, who support people with spinal cord injuries, and found herself transformed with a new found confidence and zest for, both life, and skiing. Sophie continued to be supported by Back Up through their number of services, whilst raising money for them through a variety of ways, including completing a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet and scaling Mount Snowdon with a team in The Back Up Push.
On completing her PGCE Sophie decided to return to Winter Park for a season to develop her skiing and to push herself both physically and mentally. By the end of a fantastic five months Sophie had found her joie de vivre and passion for ski racing. She returned for another season the following year (2015-16) where she started racing in events including the IPCAS (International Paralympic Committee) US Nationals where she came 4th and 5th in Slalom and Giant Slalom respectively.
Sophie is an athlete with the British Parasnowsport Development Team, alongside working at Back Up and slalom waterskiing whenever she can. She is currently ranked at 26th and 28th in the world in alpine skiing giant slalom and slalom respectively and is aiming to qualify for the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang in 2018.