Department of Mathematics
Royal Holloway University Of London

Paralympian Sophie brings home Gold and Silver medals

Maths student Sophie Christiansen, 20, and Former Royal Holloway student Helene Raynsford, 28, are celebrating having won three Gold medals and one Silver between them at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Before the Games, Sophie Christiansen was ranked number one in the world for paralympic equestrian dressage. She was the inspiration behind Sir Paul McCartney’s decision to launch a £2 million fundraising campaign for ParalympicsGB, which helped support athletes heading towards the Games this year.

Sophie, participating in the team event for the first time, took Gold with her fellow riders Anne Dunham, Lee Pearson and Simon Laurens. She won Gold again on Lambrusco III in the Individual Freestyle Test Grade IA event and Silver in the Individual Test, beaten only by a close margin by Anne Dunham.

Sophie made her Paralympic debut in Athens when she was 16 and won a Grade 1 Bronze medal. Named the BBC London Disabled Sportsperson of the year in 2004, she has been awarded numerous national and international titles.

All our congratulations!

(source: RHUL website)

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