A mother, a marketing specialist, a Paralympian and a guest TV presenter - Sophia is living proof of one of her favourite expressions, "If you want a job done, give it to a busy person."


Her athletics career began in 1996 when she made her international debut in the 100m and 200m. She went on to pick up gold in both for Great Britain at the 1998 World Championships. In it for the love not the glory, Sophia remembers a very different time in para athletics. "Back then, it was literally my mum, my dad and a dog watching me."

Fast-forward to the Paralympics in 2012 and 16 years of hard work and dedication saw her run a lifetime best in her 200m in front of 80,000 people and finishing fourth in both of her events. Sophia retired from elite sport in 2013 after the World Championships. She can now be found doing triathlons and taking on many new challenges!

Off the track Sophia's commercial marketing career stretches back over 20 years. She has worked extensively for global brands, including BT, Nestle and after the Paralympics was the commercial director at British Athletics.

In the lead-up to London 2012, as one of the few mothers on the British team, she was fortunate to partner with family brands P&G, Boots and Virgin Active. Their sponsorship enabled her to train fulltime.

Since retiring from professional sport, Sophia has returned her focus to her love of business and marketing. In 2013 she set up her own agency - Sophia Warner Sports Marketing - with the primary objective of maximising opportunities in disability sport.

In 2015 she founded the worlds first mass-participation sports event dedicated to people with a disability. It went on to win multiple awards.

She and her team can now be found at Parallel London which is to be held in the Olympic Park on September 4th.

A very exciting date on the horizon for Sophia is flying to Rio as part of the  Channel 4 broadcast team for the Paralympic Games. You will see her across a variety of sports as a "star reporter",  as well as in the studio covering the athletics. This is very much a new chapter for Sophia.

Sophia lives in Surrey with her husband Haydn, and is a very proud mum of their two children, Lucca (11) and Felix (10), and not forgeting their dog Molly and lots of chickens.