Sophie Ready to Lead Great Britain in World Championships

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University of Worcester Psychology student and Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball captain Sophie Carrigill says that her team will be targeting the semi-finals at the forthcoming World Championships, after enjoying a ‘great’ preparation.

Sophie and her team-mates fly out to Canada today, having spent much of the build-up to the tournament training at the University of Worcester Arena – the base for the men’s and women’s national squads.

She explains: “We have had a great preparation for the Championships; we’ve been able to play against some of the world’s top teams and we’ve also had some great weeks of training together.

“As a team, we are hoping to get to the semi-finals and I really think that is achievable if we put in 100 per cent when we are there.”

Sophie, who is originally from Leeds, was named as captain by coach Miles Thompson in April, and she says the support she has received since being handed the role has spurred her on.

“Everyone has been so supportive,” she says. “I’ve had a lot of support from my family – they are very proud, as am I. The team has been great in accepting me and I just can’t wait for the Championships and to helping to make a difference in our performance.

“My personal ambitions are to be able to support and motivate the team and put us all in the best possible position in order to succeed.”

20 year-old Sophie, who won a bronze medal with Great Britain at last year’s European Championships, has juggled preparation for the World Championships with her first year studies, and says that she has embraced the task.

“It has definitely been a challenge, combining training and studying,” she says. “But that’s how I like to live my life – constant challenges that I have to tackle.”

Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University, says: “Everyone at the University of Worcester will be following the results throughout the Championships and getting behind the team.

“We are extremely proud of Sophie and are convinced she will be a great ambassador for the University and the national team during this exciting challenge.”

Sophie is joined in the squad by Maddie Thompson and Jude Hamer, who will both begin their studies at Worcester in September.