The Game Changers

Sophie Carrigill: Challenging perceptions for all women with disabilities

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Sophie Carrigill is a British wheelchair basketball player who represented and co-captained Great Britain at the World and European Championships and at the Paralympic games.

She’s won world and European silver medals and reached the Paralympic semi-finals in a first for Great Britain. Sophie’s just returned from playing wheelchair basketball professionally in Italy and continues to explore her passions beyond the court as she advocates for disabled women in sport and beyond.

Sophie talks candidly about the accident that caused her disability and the part sport has played in helping her to build her independence and strength. We explore the powerful inspiration of watching parasport at London 2012 and how she’s since had to overcome many setbacks in her sporting journey. She talks about playing professionally on a mixed team in Italy and her hopes for the future including a Paralympic medal at Paris 2024. 

We also discuss how using social media has helped her to find her voice and advocate for others, as well as attracting more commercial partnerships and new opportunities.

Thanks to Sport England who support The Game Changers through the National Lottery.

Executive Producer – Sam Walker Host – Sue Anstiss @sueanstiss 

A Fearless Women production