Sophie Christiansen is a Para Dressage rider that competes for Great Britain. Born with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, she is in the most disabled category for Para riders, Grade 1a. She went to a normal infant school with a special unit attached, where the visiting physiotherapists took the disabled pupils to the local Riding for the Disabled Association group every couple of weeks. Aged six, she loved to freedom horses gave her and continued riding at different groups.
Aged 13, she got told about South Bucks RDA, who specialised in Para dressage. Having always been quite sporty, finding a sport which she could excel at was exciting. She quickly rose up the ranks and was selected for the World Class Start and Potential Squad in 2002. She then became the youngest rider to compete at a Paralympic Games when she went to Athens in 2004 and won a bronze medal. Since then she has won numerous World and European titles and is current 5 times Paralympic champion.
"Sophie's after dinner speech was truly inspirational. She engaged and held the audience's attention throughout with her emotional story and the feedback received afterwards was extremely positive. The fact that she was more than happy to chat to the audience and allow photographs to be taken with her [Paralympic] medals was just the perfect ending to our evening. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sophie as a speaker for any event."