Paralympic basketball star is cock-a-hoop over clinching her degree

Sophie Carrigill on the court back in 2012
Sophie Carrigill on the court back in 2012

A RIO paralympian who narrowly missed out on a medal has celebrated a podium finish of a different kind.

Sophie Carrigill, who was part of the Great Britain women’s wheelchair basketball team in Brazil, has picked up a degree in sports psychology from the University of Worcester. Part way through her degree course Sophie was named as the captain of the GB women’s squad.

Sophie Carrigill with her brother George and mum Gillian.

Sophie Carrigill with her brother George and mum Gillian.

The 22-year-old former Wakefield Girls’ High School pupil said: “It was definitely a challenge to juggle studying and training but I found that doing my best to be organised and manage my time was the best way to be successful.

“I also had a lot of support from lecturers and staff members at the university and also a lot of support from the staff at British wheelchair basketball which made doing both things much easier.”

“It’s a very surreal feeling that I’ve finished university.”