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Sophie

Carrigill

#5

Age: 26 years

Home Town: Wakefield

Current Club: Sheffield Steelers

Classification: 1.0

Twitter: @sophcaz

Instagram: @sophcaz

Biography

A bronze medallist on her major debut at the 2013 European Championships (Germany), the following year saw Sophie receive the honour of being named the GB Women’s Captain for the 2014 World Championships (Canada), where she led the team to a fifth place finish, their highest position achieve at that time.

In 2015, Sophie then captained the GB Women to another European bronze medal and a qualification place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Indeed, 2015 was a fantastic year for the Wakefield native: in addition to her senior international success, Sophie also played an invaluable role in the GB Women’s U25 Team becoming crowned the U25 World Champions in Beijing, China – building upon two European U25 Silver Medals (2013, 2014).

The 1.0 player’s meteoric progression through the ranks of wheelchair basketball began within a year of first taking up the sport – Sophie was called-up to represent the eventual silver medallists Yorkshire at the prestigious U19 event of The Lord’s Taverners National Junior Championships in 2012.

Then, after being selected for ParalympicsGB’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme and as an Olympic Torch Bearer, 2013 saw Sophie make her debut for the GB Women against the Netherlands at the Standard Life Head to Head. In the same year, Sophie also joined the GB Women’s Club Team, the Coyotes, in Belgium where they battled against some of the continent’s leading clubs.

Sophie co-captained the GB women’s team at Rio 2016 to its best ever Paralympics position of fourth. In the same year, Sophie graduated from the University of Worcester having achieved a first class honours degree in Sports Psychology.

In 2017, Sophie won her third senior bronze European medal at the Championships held in Tenerife.

Making history in 2018, Sophie and the GB Women’s team set the courts of Hamburg on fire at the World Championships as the squad qualified for a place in the final and brought home the silver medal.

Major Results:

2019 European Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Silver
2018 World Championships, Hamburg, Germany – Silver
2017 European Championships, Tenerife, Spain – Bronze
2016 Paralympic Games, Rio, Brazil – 4th
2015 European Championships, Worcester, UK – Bronze
2014 World Championships, Toronto, Canada – 5th
2013 European Championships, Frankfurt, Germany – Bronze

GB Women's Team Player - Sophie Carrigill