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Sophie Hancock

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F40

Further personal information

Residence
Bolton, ENG
Occupation
Administrator
Higher education
Business Administration - Bury College: Bolton, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began athletics in 1996, age 16 in Bolton.
Why this sport?
A leg lengthening operation hindered her performances as a swimmer so she began training in shot put and discus instead and enjoyed it.
Name of coach
Shelley Holroyd
Coach from what year?
2002

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Finland

General interest

Nicknames
'Soph.' (Athlete, 07 Dec 2010)
Hobbies
Going to the cinema, hanging out with friends, playing tennis, body combat. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Getting a personal best in her first Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2010)
Most influential person in career
Her support network, including her family and friends. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never say never." (Athlete, 07 Dec 2010)
Other sports
She used to compete at an international level in swimming as a junior before switching to athletics. (paralympics.org.uk, 22 Jan 2010; thisislancashire.co.uk, 05 Sep 2005)
Famous relatives
Her sister is a keen marathon runner and her brother is on a football scholarship in the United States. (uka.org.uk, 22 Jan 2010)
Impairment
She has achondroplasia [dwarfism]. (thisislancashire.co.uk, 22 Jan 2010, Athlete, 07 Dec 2010)
Other information
BEYOND BOUNDARIES
She spent a month trekking across Zambia, Botswana and Namibia in 2006 along with 11 other people with disabilities as part of the BBC television series 'Beyond Boundaries'. (paralympics.org.uk, 22 Jan 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F40 Final Round 5
Women's Discus Throw F40 Final Round 6
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F40 Final Round 5
Women's Discus Throw F40 Final Round 5
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F40 Final 2011-01-23 5