SOPHIE WARDEN - 400m HURDLES
Sophie is a 400m hurdler from Preston. She first stepped on a track at 9 months old and has barely left since. Over the years she has tried her hand at many events but 400m hurdles is where her heart and genetics lie. Coached by her parents, Olympic 400m hurdler and former National Coach, Peter Warden, and International long jumper Caroline Warden, Sophie has always been able to count on the love and support of her family.
She has been loyal member of Preston Harriers since she was 7 years old, Sophie has proved herself countless times at league matches as well as at County and Northern level. In 2019 Sophie will second claim for Wigan & District Harriers to compete in the British Athletes League.
Her greatest achievements to date are:
Ranked 20th in the UK U23s for 400m hurdles in 2018.
Ranked 7th in the UK U23s for Indoor 300m in 2018.
400m Northern Finalist 2018.
Lancashire County Champion 2018 in the 400m hurdles, 400m and 200m.
Undefeated over 400m hurdles in 2018.
Sophie is also a member of the England Athletics Youth Panel, representing Lancashire. The panel works to make positive change in Athletics to benefit young athletes, coaches and volunteers. Sophie looks forward to more exciting projects to come with England Athletics.
Favoured Event: 400m hurdles (63.5)
Other Events: 400m (60.32), 300m (43.36i) and 200m (25.6)
Club: Preston Harriers
Associated Clubs: Wigan & District Harriers
Coach: Peter Warden/Caroline Warden
Sophie is currently studying BA(Hons) Sports Coaching & Development at Edge Hill University alongside some of the leading researchers in Coaching Pedagogy. She particularly enjoys the areas of Sport Psychology and Biomechanics. Sophie also received a Silver Sports Scholarship from the university in recognition of her achievements and potential. She is a UKA qualified coach and hopes to one day work with the NGB. Volunteering is a large part of Sophie’s life. She coaches at Preston Harriers and is a member of their management committee, devoting a lot of her free time to trying to involve more young people in how the club is run. She was awarded the GLL Preston Young Volunteer of the Year award in 2018. Outside of athletics Sophie enjoys musical theatre singing and recently received a distinction in her DipLCM Musical Theatre singing exams. She loves spending time with her family and her dog Misha (named after the 1980 Olympic mascot).
Goals for 2019:
This season Sophie wants to continue her hard work and improve her PB to around to 60 second mark. She wants to make the Final and medal at the Northern Championships in the 400m hurdles. She also aims to retain her county titles in the 400m hurdles and 400m. Competing in the British Athletes League for the first time in 2019, Sophie wants to place well in all her races and mix it with the best. Sophie also looks to make the BUCS indoor final of 400m and the BUCS outdoor final over 400m hurdles.
Ultimately, Sophie wants to earn her England or GB vest and represent her country in the 400m hurdles, or in the 400m/4x400m relay. Representing England/GB at an international competition has been a long-term goal of Sophie’s since she was very young and is one dream she is not willing to give up on.