Swimmer Sophia has her sights firmly set on the Olympics

October 27 2017

Year 9 Fairfield High School (FHS) pupil Sophia Soteriou is a very talented sportswoman. She already has a variety of swimming medals behind her, winning both gold and silver at last year’s Bristol Schools' Swimming Competition. Sophia now has the English and British Championships firmly within her reach.

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Year 9 Fairfield High School (FHS) pupil Sophia Soteriou is a very talented sportswoman. She already has a variety of swimming medals behind her, winning both gold and silver at last year’s Bristol Schools' Swimming Competition. Sophia now has the English and British Championships firmly within her reach.

For years, Sophia has dedicated hours and hours of time per week to her favourite sport. She trains seven times a week, including two sessions before school and five after. This is no mean feat for the teenager who must also fit in schooling and homework as she approaches the crucial GCSE years.

Sophia’s strongest stroke is butterfly (50m) and she also shines in medley (a combination of four different swimming styles – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle).

Sophia said: “Swimming is one of the most important things to me. It can give me a good future. My ultimate goal and dream in life is to get to the Olympics! My coach has been so amazing and supportive, as have my parents who have never grumbled about paying and taking me to galas. I can only wait and see what the future holds, but I will never give up trying.”

Lauren Gibbons, Head of Girls' PE at FHS added: “Sophia is a very talented swimmer who has represented her school and county in a variety of strokes including the 50m back fly and freestyle. She is a role model student who excels not only in swimming but also within PE lessons. We wish her luck this year as she prepares to compete in the Bristol schools swimming gala taking place Thursday November 9. We hope to see Sophia strive again in the pool as she takes on the local secondary schools."