If Sophia Warner isn’t inspirational to others with cerebral palsy (and to those without) than perhaps nothing is. Sophia Warner is an international athlete and one of the 43 Paralympic athletes on the UK Athletics World Class Performance Program (WCPP). She focuses on the T35 100m and 200m and she is ranked number one in Europe and number two in the World.
As she describes it on her website, she is an “international athlete who just happens to have Cerebral Palsy.” She holds the European record for both the 200 and 100 meters in the T35 disability class and she took home silver in the 200 and bronze in the 100 meters last year at the World Championships in New Zealand.
As if this weren’t enough, Warner is making headlines now because she was just appointed as the commercial director of the UK Athletics. She has been a marketing executive with British Telecom, Nestle and Palmer & Harvey and is also a mother of two. One of her first tasks will be to find a new main sponsor after the current four year deal with Aviva expires this year.
Warner has a lot on her plate. First, she’s focused on the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games that will take place from August 29th through September 9th in London, directly following the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from July 27th through August 12th.
After the games, she’ll turn her sights to UK Athletics – and she will be well worth watching in both capacities.