Born on the 19th January 1994, Sophie Carrigill always considered herself as a very outgoing person, who loved life and had a passion for sports (particularly netball). Unfortunately, her life changed forever in 2010 when Sophie was involved in a car accident whilst in the United States - "it almost killed me, I damaged my organs and broke my back and spinal cord at the T6, which left me paralysed at the age of 16".
After months of rehabilitation, Sophie discovered wheelchair basketball through her local club the Leeds Spiders. "Wheelchair basketball was kind of similar to the sports that I'd played before my injury. I knew I wanted to play a team sport - and the local wheelchair basketball club was only down the road from where I lived. It's a sport that anyone can play and it's a great way to make friends. Plus there are always pathways to play at elite level too". After being inspired by the London 2012 games, Sophie decided to play competitively, setting herself the goal to reach Team GB. "The sport involves a lot of dedication. Whether it's getting up at 6am every day for training or having to make the right choices by missing out on time with friends - it's mentally demanding. I love that I get to play and train every day with my extended family. I love how competitive it is around the world. Everyone is doing what they can to be the best".
Making her international debut in 2013, Sophie went on to represent Great Britain at the European Championships, winning a bronze medal in the process. Selected to captain the team in 2014, Sophie went on to compete in the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Toronto and won a gold medal at the U25 World Championships in Beijing in 2015. "Wheelchair basketball has challenged me to think positively about my disability. To see past any boundaries and to do what it takes to be the best. It means everything to me".