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Sophie
Allen
Great BritainGreat Britain, GBR
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
21 March 1992
Height
170 cm
Weight
65 kg
Residence
Sleaford, ENG
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at an early age, and began swimming competitively at age nine with Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club in England.
Why this sport?
"I went swimming with my mum and brother when I was really little, as it was always something mum could do with both of us. My brother then went on to join the local swimming club and I always looked up to him, so I wanted to join too. This eventually brought out my competitive side and I suddenly wanted to beat my brother, and it went from there really."

International Debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Berlin

General Interest

Hobbies
Baking, cooking, cake decorating, trampolining. (swimming.org, 04 Aug 2013; extras.thetimes.co.uk, 12 Aug 2012; teamgb.com, 26 Jul 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
The final of the 200m individual medley at the British Olympic trials, where she secured qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (swimming.org, 04 Aug 2013)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (swimming.org, 04 Aug 2013)
Injuries
She had four bouts of tonsillitis in the months leading up to the trials for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (sleafordstandard.co.uk, 18 May 2014)

In 2010 she tore cartilage in her left hip. The injury required surgery, and she was on crutches for seven weeks. She missed the 2010 European Championships in Hungary, and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (teamgb.com, 26 Jul 2012; lincolnshireecho.co.uk, 24 May 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To become an elite athlete you have to put your whole heart into the job. If you are happy, it will make you an even greater swimmer and person." (lincolnshiresport.com, 31 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Team Bath Female Athlete of the Month for October 2013. (bathstudent.com, 16 Dec 2013)

She was named 2005 Girls Junior Sportsperson of the Year by English newspaper the Sleaford Standard. (sleafordstandard.co.uk, 10 Jan 2006)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive swimming in February 2015. "After a huge change in circumstance, I have made the decision to leave competitive swimming. Having had my second lot of hip surgery, my road to recovery has led me down a different path. I have competed at a home Olympics, in a world championships final, and a Commonwealth Games; and am now excited to carry all these memories into my next chapter. To everyone who helped me achieve my childhood dreams and goals, you truly were invaluable, I could not have done it without you. Thank you." (swimswam.com, 10 Feb 2015)

EARLY DAYS
At age 13, she won 22 gold medals at the 2005 Lincolnshire Swimming Championships in England, claiming 17 junior titles as well as five in the senior categories. (sleafordstandard.co.uk, 10 Jan 2006)