The past couple of years can only be described as a roller coaster for WSAS alumni Sophie Wilson with multiple injuries and the effects of the global pandemic.

Unfortunately, Sophie injured her wrist while competing at the 2019 World Championships in Spain requiring surgery, following her rehab from her wrist injury she then suffered a ruptured disc in her back that required another surgery and an even longer rehab. As a result of her injuries, Sophie only managed to get roughly 6 months of training within a 2 year period.

Sophie had finally recovered from her injuries and was able to start spending more time on the water late last year before being struck down by Covid, slowing down her training progress for the upcoming competitions.

Sophie was finally fit enough to participate in the Australian Opens and Oceania Championships that were held early this year in Penrith. Competing in the C1 and K1 classification at both events, Sophie showed her fighting spirit and executed some amazing runs through the course, an incredible accomplishment with the barriers she has faced in the past couple of years.

During her time at WSAS Sophie participated in the ambassador program and was partnered with Australia’s leading company in security, SECUREcorp over 3 years. As a benefit of this partnership, Sophie was able to visit the SECUREcorp Sydney office in Olympic Park to meet SECUREcorp staff and thank them for their support.