Sofie’s quest for Rio 2016 Paralympics…

Sofie Moens started her multisport journey with Embark in August 2012 as a complete triathlon novice.

Prior to joining Embark, Sofie had done little biking and practically no swimming.  But she had running experience and a great attitude, and through religious training and participating in a host of triathlons, she completed her very first triathlon season.

This may sound like your typical Embark success story, but what makes Sofie’s journey so special is that she was born with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that affects 1 out of 1000 people.  And as the majority of races in South Africa don’t currently cater for para-athletes, Sofie has been competing as an able-bodied athlete all this time!

Word of her efforts spread, however, which resulted in Sofie representing Western Province at the SA Triathlon Champs in East London in March 2013, participating in the T3 category (a.k.a. ‘Les autres’ – which includes athletes with MS, Cerebral Palsy or paralysis in multiple limbs, but with the ability to run and ride a conventional bicycle or tricycle).

Sofie won and became the SA Champion in her category.

But this isn’t where it ends.  Sofie now has her sights on representing South Africa at the World Triathlon Champs in London (September 2013) and at the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.

Sofie has come a long way in a few short months.  And while the support and motivation from her family and friends have gotten her to this point, it is now up to Triathlon SA (the South African federation) and Coach STeve to get her onto the podium in Rio!

We will track Sofie’s journey to the 2016 Paralympics on this site.  You can also follow her adventures:
• On Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SwimBikeParatriathlete
• On Twitter:  www.twitter.com/sofiediehard (remember to hashtag #OlympicSofie)

Good luck Sofie; we’re behind you all the way!

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