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HAHN Sophie
Sport Para athletics
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthNottingham, ENG
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38
Further Personal Information
Residence
England
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in the sport in 2013.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Her older brother Jamie suggested she should join Charnwood Athletic Club in Loughborough, England.
Club / Team
Charnwood Athletic Club: Loughborough, ENG
Name of coach
Leon Baptiste [personal], GBR, from 2019
Training Regime
She trains five days a week. She has three strength and conditioning sessions each week, and also spends around 30 minutes a day stretching.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Pocket Rocket (bbc.com, 26 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
British Para athletes Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockroft and Richard Whitehead, British heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill. (paralympic.org, 22 Mar 2015; bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received the Susanna Ingram Award for her performances throughout the season from the British Athletics Supporters Club [BASC]. (basclub.org.uk, 29 Nov 2019)

In 2018 she and Kare Adenegan were named joint winners of the Female Para Athlete of the Year award at the British Athletics Writers' Association [BAWA] Awards. (germanroadraces.de, 23 Nov 2018)

She was named the 2018 Sportswoman of the Year by the Nottingham Post newspaper in England. (nottinghampost.com, 01 Nov 2018)

She was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list for services to athletics. (bbc.com, 31 Dec 2016)
Famous relatives
Her grandfather Larry Canning played football for Aston Villa in England, and was a broadcaster for the BBC. (meltontimes.co.uk, 18 Dec 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games. (mirror.co.uk, 22 Mar 2019)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy. (meltontimes.co.uk, 18 Dec 2013)
Other information
THE HOTTER THE BETTER
She believes she performs better in hotter climates. "The hotter it is, the better I perform. Lots of athletes complain about the heat, I just can't wait to get some sun on me. I was in Dubai earlier this year [in 2019]. The temperature was really nice and pleasant and Doha held the world championships in 2015, where I won two golds. For any cerebral palsy runner, the heat relaxes the muscles and you don't get so tight." (paralympics.org.uk, 05 Nov 2019; mirror.co.uk, 22 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 100m T38 12.62
2 2016 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 51.07
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 200m T38 27.73
1 2013 100m T38 13.10
1 2015 100m T38 12.60
2 2015 200m T38 26.82
1 2015 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 52.22
1 2017 200m T38 26.11
1 2017 100m T38 12.44
1 2019 100m T38 12.38
1 2019 200m T38 25.92
  2019 Universal Relay  DSQ
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 100m T38 12.46 CR
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m T38 13.72
2 2014 400m T38 1:07.16
2 2014 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 53.84
2 2016 200m T38 26.67
1 2016 100m T38 12.87
1 2016 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 51.63
1 2018 200m T38 26.51
1 2018 100m T38 12.52
1 2018 Universal Relay 48.73