Para rider wins sports award

By: Horse Deals


Para rider wins sports award
Para rider wins sports award
Twenty-year-old para dressage rider Sophie Wells, has won a prestigious Sports Performance Award at the inaugural ceremony.
Sophie was selected for the short list of three – which included Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis – and was presented with her award for sporting achievement and overcoming challenges by Lord Coe and TV journalist and presenter Kate Silverton.

"I was so shocked to win the award – it still hasn't sunk in," said Sophie. "It's a real honour to be recognised in this way, especially when I was up against such stiff competition – Tom and Jessica are such inspirational athletes."

Sophie is classified as a grade IV rider having been born with amniotic band syndrome, a condition caused when the lining of the amniotic sac comes away from the womb before birth. The lining trapped her fingers and ankles, which meant she lost some of her fingers and parts of others and has limited movement in her hands and feet.

In 2008 Sophie became the national grade IV champion and was also selected as first reserve for the Paralympics. In 2009 she won triple gold (team, individual and freestyle) at the European Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships.