Inspired by watching London 2012 on the TV, Sophie, who has cerebral palsy, decided she’d like to give athletics a go... and the rest is history.

After her family urged her to join a club, with her older brother identifying her natural speed, Sophie’s incredible sprinting career flourished astonishingly quickly. In 2013, only a year after first being inspired to take-up athletics, she entered her first competitions with Charnwood Athletics club.

Competing at the England Athletics Senior Disability Championships, Sophie instantly got a taste for glory, winning both 100m (13.27s) and 200m (27.88s).

From there Hahn was selected for the IPC World Championships for the 100m and 200m in the T38 classification. In the 200m final she was beaten only narrowly, taking the silver medal. Shortly after, she earned gold in the 100m final, running a world record time of 13.10s, even more astonishing as the only athlete with a standing start as opposed to blocks.

Although her world record was broken the following year, Sophie quickly took it back, running 13.04 at Loughborough, where she now studies and trains.

It was in 2015, at 18 years old, that Sophie competed in the School Games. She earned two silver medals, and afterwards described the experience as ‘a great chance to test herself’ in an event with a ‘great atmosphere’.

Just a month after her amazing experience at the School Games, Hahn was World Championship bound once more, again winning the 100m with a breath taking 12.60 world record run. Like in 2013, the youngster also bagged silver in 200m before winning yet another gold in the T35-T38 4x100m relay.

Just three years after her athletics debut, Sophie was selected to represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, something she’d been working towards since being inspired by London 2012.

Striking fear into her opponents once more, Hahn wasn’t fazed by her tag as ‘favourite’, winning 100m gold in fine style. She later won silver in the 4x100m relay and upon returning home was awarded an MBE for her services to disability sport.

Having studied at Loughborough College, Sophie has continuously inspired many others to mix sport and academia. Training at Loughborough University, the home of this year’s School Games, Sophie added two more World Championship golds to her collection in London last July. Having already lowered her world record yet again in 2017 at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting, there seems to be no stopping Sophie!