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Sophie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy from complications at birth in 2005. Her family asked our medical negligence lawyers to investigate the care Sophie had in hospital and help them access vital support to help Sophie’s development.
Sophie faces many challenges like epilepsy, delayed cognitive abilities and being visually impaired. Through rehabilitation support she’s made lots of progress especially with her movement. She was encouraged to try different sports and after trying a few she fell in love with horse riding.
At five years old Sophie started sessions at the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) at Lea Valley Center in Hackney. In 2016 Sophie showed potential to compete professionally in dressage. Today, she rides twice a week at the South Bucks RDA center and is training to qualify for the 2024 Paralympics.
“Being active and participating in sport can be hugely beneficial and Sophie is a perfect example of this. She is a true inspiration and undoubtedly has the potential to be a major star in horse riding.” – Leena Savjani, partner and medical negligence solicitor
Sophie’s riding has changed her life. It’s strengthened her core, improved her memory, fine motor skills and posture. It’s also made her meet people in a similar position who also love horses. When she’s not riding, Sophie continues with her therapy and goes to secondary school.
“My life has been completely transformed by playing sport and I have been involved in activities for as long as I can remember. It has really boosted my confidence and independence and I am determined to go as far as I can in dressage.” – Sophie
Twelve million people in the UK have a disability but only one in six take part in regular sport. We want this to change.
Our work with people who have suffered life-changing injuries means we recognise the many benefits that physical activity and sport can have. Don’t Quit, Do It showcases how sport helps people recover from serious injuries and other major traumas in their lives.
Read more about our ambassadors like Issy and Luke and how disability sport changed their lives.
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