Sophie Christiansen OBE visits Holt

Posted on Aug 12, 2013

 Sophie Christiansen OBE visits Holt

 

We were delighted that Triple Paralympic Gold medallist Sophie Christiansen OBE made a visit to Holt on Friday 28th June.

She started her day with a visit to  Gresham’s Prep School where as special guest speaker  she handed out the prizes for achievements in academia, art and music to all of  the Year 8 leavers.  In her speech Sophie spoke to the pupils and parents about her determination not to allow her disabilities to stop her from following her dreams and that winning her first bronze medal changed her life and gave her the confidence to carry on. She encouraged everyone present to embrace change and follow their dreams.  Her speech was inspiring and made a huge impact resulting in a standing ovation when she finished.

Her day concluded with a visit  to Budgens of Holt  to lend her support to the team at Budgens who are raising money for the North Norfolk branch of Riding for the Disabled.  Riding for Disabled North Norfolk branch was selected by the staff at Budgens of Holt’s as their nominated charity for 2013.

Sophie met riders and helpers from the charity and explained that she too had started her passion for riding as a result of a visit to her local RDA  when  6 years old and as such is a keen supporter of all they do.

The riders were amazed by the weight of the gold medals and enjoyed wearing them with pride and imagining what might occur for them in the future.

Sophie also spoke to the team at Budgens and thanked them for all their hard efforts in raising money for such a worthwhile cause.  To date through raffles, tombolas and other instore events they have been able to raise over £3,000.

Although not possible  for Janeiro 6 , Sophie’s horse, to be with her on the  day the team at Budgens did want to show their appreciation for all his efforts in winning three gold medals so  sent Sophie away with a goodie bag containing carrots, apples and polos –carrots and apples sourced locally !

Sophie is a  truly inspirational ambassador and her visit to Holt was very  much appreciated by all those who met her and were able to hear her story so far.