A 60ml portion of pure Canadian maple syrup contains100%
of the recommended daily intake of manganese - a mineral that provides vital nutrients for muscle recovery
A 60ml portion of pure Canadian maple syrup contains of the recommended daily intake of manganese - a mineral that provides vital nutrients for muscle recovery
Sophie, 22, is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World-Class Performance Squad based at Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre and is coached by Adam Elliott.
In 2016 Sophie finished sixth finish at the ITU World Championships in the U23 race in Cozumel, Mexico. She has previous won world medals in relays, including gold in the mixed junior/U23 relay in Edmonton in 2014.
Q. What inspired you to take up triathlons?
A. I was an active kid all through school, so when my mum saw a local triathlon advertised she took me down to give it a try – that was when I was only eight, and have been doing them ever since!
Q. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A. It’s related to my biggest challenge being injury – although it’s frustrating that you can’t crack on with training, you have to give your body time to recover. Missing that one run session or taking an extra easy week may seem like a massive blow at the time, but in the long run it will definitely be worth it.
Q. What is your favourite piece of sports kit and why?
A. My run trainers… I’m a bit of a dog freak and have two of my own and normally have another one who we foster, and there is nothing I love more than putting on my trainers (while they get all excited) and then take them running down the canal!
Q. What is the biggest challenge for you in your sport?
A. For me personally, the biggest challenge is injury; you try to push yourself every day but sometimes your body just can’t quite keep up. It’s frustrating, but it’s part and parcel of elite sport!
Q. Proudest moment in sport?
A. My proudest moment was when I got selected for my first international team – I wasn’t even selected to race, only a reserve, but that was definitely my proudest moment when I received my GB kit.
Q. If you weren’t a professional athlete, what job do you think you’d be doing?
A. I’m not really sure; I have just graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Human Biology, so I would like to think I would put that to use!
Q. What is your advice to someone who wants to turn professional, or at least try to?
A. You have to be patient when turning to professional sport; there will be individuals who have been doing it for years and who have a massive support network behind them, so it may take a while to get the experience and therefore the results you want.
Q. What is your favourite pre-race meal?
A. Ham and mushroom pizza – can’t go wrong!
Q. What’s your favourite way of using pure maple syrup?