Paralympic Champion Sophie Hahn Shares Her Story With LYG Inclusive Coaches

19th Jul 2021
Yolanda Martin

Paralympic Champion Sophie Hahn and Coach Leon Baptiste Speak With LYG Inclusive Coaches

London Youth Games was excited to welcome Paralympic champion Sophie Hahn for an exclusive Q&A session with members of the LYG Inclusive Coaches Project.

Inspired to take up Para Athletics after watching London Olympics 2012, Sophie struck gold at her first major international competition less than a year later, winning 100m T38 gold at the 2013 World Championships with a new world record.

Sophie has gone on win a Paralympic gold, seven World golds, seven European golds and now holds two world records. She will be competing at her second Paralympics this summer in Tokyo.

The Q&A session was held via Zoom and led by British Athletics’ Paralympic Talent Development Coordinator, Job King.

The future Inclusive Coaches got to learn about Sophie’s experience in Para sport and to wish her luck as she prepares to head to Tokyo at the end of this summer.

They also had the chance to hear from Sophie’s coach Leon Baptiste, a former two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist sprinter turned elite Athletics coach.

The LYG Inclusive Coaches Project is an exciting coaching programme designed to increase the number of young disabled people participating in sport by providing coaches with the confidence and competence to include all young Londoners in their Athletics sessions.

15 coaches are currently part of the project. Each will benefit from a first-class mentoring programme delivered by an expert Athletics coach, a British Athletics coaching qualification, and a place on Activity Alliance’s Inclusive Activity Programme.

Find out more about the LYG Inclusive Coaches Project here.