What is the Superhero Series?
Superhero Series founder, Sophia Warner
“Hello and thank you for taking the time to read why this series has come about. My name is Sophia Warner and I’m a mum, a marketer, a Paralympian and a huge lover of sport. As an elite athlete, I’ve been given access a whole world of sporting opportunities. But as any everyday person with a disability looking to do sports events for fun I’ve found it a real struggle.
“I have cerebral palsy and was the first disabled person to enter the London Triathlon back in 1998. Even as an elite athlete I found it hard to keep up and had to ask other participants for help with my wetsuit and to get my bike down from the bike rack. I’ve also taken part in fun runs where the roads have reopened and organisers have started clearing up before I’ve had a chance to finish. Not as much fun as it could be.
“My own experiences combined with meeting so many sports lovers like my wonderful ambassadors who are crying out for opportunities are the inspiration for this series.
“The idea is simple. To create fun, gutsy events where people with disabilities call the shots and don't have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions. If you need flippers or floats in the water, or want to use your powered wheelchair we make it possible. In fact, as far as I'm concerned, anything goes.
“For my first event I’ve chosen triathlon challenges because swimming, cycling and running are the three most popular disability sports. But I don’t want people to be put off by the word ‘triathlon’. You can do a whole triathlon if you wish, but you can also choose to do just one or two stages as a relay with disabled and non-disabled family and friends.
“I also love the idea of creating a series where people with all kinds of disabilities can come together and compete alongside like-minded individuals who face similar daily experiences and challenges.
“I know first-hand what a hugely positive impact sport can have on a person’s life and I believe everyone should have the chance to enjoy momentous and often life-changing events. We’ve gone all out to try to think of everything we can to ensure everybody can be a Superhero for the day. But if you can think of something that we may have missed, please get in touch.
“If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll sign up and take the plunge!”