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Success Stories Within The IDD Community: Sophia Warner

Sophia Warner is a British track and field Paralympian. She lives with cerebral palsy and competes in T35 events.

Early Life:

Sophia Warner was born on May 23, 1974, in Dorking, England. Warner was born with cerebral palsy. For college, she attended the University of Leicester in Leicester, England,  where she graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science and Business Studies. She started competing in track and field at the age of 19. She started by going to a sports weekend with her friends. Warner continued with her sport in college.

“I’m really excited to show what disabled women are capable of.

Sophia Warner

Career Success:

Warner made her debut in 1996 at the World Championships. Here she represented Great Britain in the 100-meter race and the 200-meter race. Two years later in 1998 at the World Championships, she raced for Great Britain again in these same races. This time she medaled gold in both. 

In 2011, she participated in the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. Here she medaled silver in the 200-meter race and bronze in the 100-meter race. In 2012, Warner qualified for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, England for Great Britain. She qualified to run in the T35 100 meter race, the 200-meter sprint, and the T35-38 women’s relay team. This was the first year that the Paralympic Games included events like these under the T-35 classification. Warner came in fourth for the T-35 200 meter final and the T-35 100-meter final. In the 200 meter event, she set a personal best time of 35.25 seconds. After Warner competed in the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, she announced that she would be retiring from the sport. 

Current Day:

Warner currently lives in Surrey, England with her husband Haydn and her two kids  Lucca and Felix. She still runs and enjoys participating in triathlons. Warner is a representative for The Children’s Trust, which is the UK’s main charity organization for children with brain injury and neuro-disability. In fact, she received treatment from this organization as a child during the 1980s. 

In 2013, Warner founded an agency to optimize opportunities for people with disabilities in sports. The agency is called Sophia Warner Sports Marketing. In 2017, Warner established a charity called Superhero Sports Foundation. The mission of this organization is to “break down barriers to disability sport participation and introduce as many people as possible to the life-changing power of sport.” This organization puts on an event called Superhero Series, which is the United Kingdom’s only sporting event for people with disabilities. This event still runs today. 

Be sure to check out our previous success story featuring Jean Driscoll and a similar success story featuring Jerry Traylor!

Sources:

http://www.sophiawarner.com/about2#

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Warner

https://www.paralympic.org/sophia-warner

https://www.express.co.uk/expressyourself/342824/I-m-fitter-than-most-able-bodied-women-says-Sophia-Warner

https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/about/ambassadors

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