Sophie Wilson

National Team: Junior

DOB: 01/06/2003
Hometown:  Castlereagh

Institute/Academy:  NSW Institute of Sport / Western Sydney Sports Academy.
Club:  Penrith Valley Canoe Club
Coach(s): Emir/ Tim 
  • How did you get into paddling?
    Previously I was an elite gymnast in tumbling, then a series of injuries occurred (stress fractures, 3 times) prevented me from returning to the sport at full capacity. My older sister had started kayaking at the time, so I decided to try too. I loved it at an instance! The thrill and adrenalin rush of the sport is amazing.
  • What has been you biggest accomplishment in the sport?
    My biggest accomplishment in the sport would be winning the national title in both the K1 and C1 at the Junior Nationals. But best of all is the opportunity I have this year to go to Europe and represent Australia in the junior team for slalom.
  • What keeps you busy outside of paddling?
    Outside of paddling I enjoy spending time with family, friends and keeping active by going for runs or cycling. Currently, I am a school student in year 10 at Xavier College.
  • Who is the greatest influence on your career?
    The support and encouragement from my family members and my role models in the sport Jessica Fox and Ricarda Funk.
  • How would your best friends describe you?
    Outgoing, energetic, driven and an animal lover.
  • Do you have any superstitions before a race?
    I believe you should be organised and mentally prepared for a race, with a structured warm up so you can perform to the best of your capability and prevent injury.
  • What is your favourite course to paddle on?
    Brady’s in Tasmania is my favourite course to paddle.

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