Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year 2012

The Active Lincolnshires Personality of the Year award recognises one individual who has excelled in their category and displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement.

Every winner from each category has been placed into this category.


Sophie Wells

22 year old Sophie Wells is a Para-Dressage rider from Harby, near Newark. She is also a student at the University of Lincoln.

As the first dressage rider to compete in both the able-bodied and para categories at the Young Rider European Championships, Sophie, who was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, was selected onto the development programme for World Class Riders in 2003 and has been focused on the London 2012 Games since then.

Competing with her horse Pinocchio (Noki) at the London 2012 Games, with Valerius (Reese) as her reserve horse, Sophie won one Gold Medal and two Silver Medals at the Paralympic Games this summer.

Sophie claimed Gold in the Team Championship Grade IV, and two Silver Medals in the Individual Championship Test Grade IV and Individual Freestyle Test Grade IV.

On her return to Lincolnshire following the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sophie has been visiting local schools and events, talking about her experiences at the Games.

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