A PARALYMPIC athlete from the 2012 GB team has been made a vice-president of The Children's Trust in Tadworth.
Sprinter Sophia Warner, who has cerebral palsy, explained she has a special connection to the trust and her treatment helped her get where she is today.
Sophia, from Dorking, said: "It's a charity that is very close to my heart as it is where I had my treatment as a child. Little did I know then what that treatment would ultimately help me achieve."
The 38-year-old mum-of-two received specialist treatment and therapy at the trust in the 1980s when it was part of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
She said: "I have always remembered my visits as a child with great fondness, as there was and still is a lovely, warm atmosphere. Now it's time for me to give something back to The Children's Trust and help others reach their full potential.
“I’m on a mission to educate people about cerebral palsy. Attitudes to disabled athletes have moved on a bit, but so little is known about cerebral palsy.”
Sophia only started her training when she was 19 and following her graduation from University, she successfully carved a career in marketing and has now took a sabbatical to concentrate on her sprinting.
Chief executive Andrew Ross said: "We are delighted to have Sophia as a new Vice-President.
"It is very poignant in the fact that she has such a close connection to the trust.
"She has shared her story as part of her mission to educate people on disability and is a great inspiration to us all and we are thrilled to have her support.”
Article by Angela Brooks at getsurrey
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