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 2019.
Northern Bronze medalist in the 400m hurdles 2019.
6th in England Championships heats in 2019.
Ranked 7th in the UK U23s for Indoor 300m in 2018.
Lancashire County Champion 2019 in the 400m hurdles.
Selected for Wigan & District Harriers 2019 UK WAL League Team.
Favoured Event: 400m hurdles (65.7)
Other Events: 400m (60.32), 300m (43.36i) and 200m (25.6)
Club: Preston Harriers
Associated Clubs: Wigan & District Harriers, Edge Hill University
Coach: Peter Warden/Caroline Warden
Sophie is third year BA(Hons) Sports Coaching & Development at Edge Hill University alongside some of the leading researchers in Coaching Pedagogy. Her dissertation focus is mental health within athletics. Sophie also received a Silver Sports Scholarship from the university in recognition of her achievements and potential.
Goals for 2020:
This season Sophie wants to continue her hard work and improve her PB to around to 60 second mark. She wants to at the Northern Championships in the 400m hurdles and make the BUCS 400M hurdles final in 2021. Competing in the British Athletes League for the first time in 2019, Sophie wants to continue to place well in all her races and mix it with the best. Sophie also wishes to compete abroad over the next season in as many competitions as she can.
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.