Meet our Superhero ambassadors
We’re extremely proud to present our intrepid family of ambassadors, whose abundant Superhero spirit has seen them turn many of life’s obstacles into opportunities. By sharing their stories, they hope to give any potential Superheroes wondering if this event is for you, the encouragement you need to sign up and find your own inner superpower!
Sophia Warner - Founder
The bionic force behind this epic series is Paralympian Sophia Warner. "I'm thrilled to introduce my ambassadors and my inspiration for the series. Please sign up and join us. I promise you won't regret it!"
Sophia's Superpower: Energising tenacity
Jenni, Steve & 'Tiny Tornado' Eve
Move over The Incredibles, we have our very own Superhero Family - Team Williams! Mum Jenni is doing the swim, Dad Steve the bike and four-year-old Eve will walk hand-in-hand with her Sidekick, Mum Jenni, for the final push/run stage of the Sprint Superhero Tri (plus the odd push in her buggy when needed). "Eve has a rare chromosome condition that causes global development delay and epilepsy, and as parents you inevitably worry about what your child won't be able to do," says Jenni. "This event shows what's possible when given the opportunity and allows us to work towards and enjoy a great sporting challenge as a family."
Tiny Tornado Eve: Eve gets anywhere she needs by rapidly rolling or climbing over obstacles. She also has a cheeky grin that has the power to light up the universe.
Jenni's superpower: Mischief detection
Steve's superpower: Power cuddles
Stephan and Chloe
This father and daughter team are a formidable force. Together they’ve tackled many sporting events and will be taking on three world firsts in one day – the Sprint Sidekick Tri, Half Sidekick Tri and Full Sidekick Tri! Sidekick Stephen will be towing his Superhero Chloe in a canoe for the swim, then pulling her along on her OB 1 with his bike and pushing her for the final stage. "We've often been refused entry to events because Chloe's in a wheelchair, which is such a shame as she loves it so much,” says Stephan. “When we've been allowed to enter, we’re always the only ones doing it together in this way. It's going to be amazing to be competing alongside other Sidekicks and Superheroes in August."
Stephan’s superpower: Determination
Chloe’s superpower: Inspiration
A real live Supergirl, 'Sonic Sofia' has achieved a staggering amount in her 12 earth years. A love of sport has seen her travel the world, meet many of her intergalactic Paralympic heroes and fundraise tens of thousands of pounds for the Meningitis Research Foundation. Sonic's brother, Dynamo Dom, is doing the Sprint swim before handing over to Sonic on her trusty handcycle, Violet. She's also doing the run, undoubtedly with an epic sprint finish! "I contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia aged two," says Sofia. "It caused a lot of damage to my right leg and my left leg had to be amputated to save my life. I now wear a prosthesis on my left and a splint on my right, but I don't let it stop me doing anything. My motto is 'never give up'."
Sofia's superpower: Super sonic sprinting speed
Our resident Wonder Woman, the multi-Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Christiansen, has not one but two Superhero alter egos – ambassador and Celebrity Team Captain! As well as looking for team members to join her for the Celebrity Superhero Tri, the world-renowned equestrian will be biking 20k for the Full Sprint Tri on her recumbent trike, with her friend Erin doing the swim and boyfriend Peter taking on the run. “What I love is that you can take part using any equipment you need,” explains Sophie. "I may be a Paralympian, but I also want to do sport for fun. I've really struggled to find events where I can use my trike alongside my able-bodied friends and I can't wait."
Sophie’s superpower: Wanting to be the best she can be