Sophie's interest in sports started at a young age with hockey, swimming and tennis primarily, with squash and cycling started in her 20s. Having picked up a few injuries and "niggles" over the years she became fascinated in how much better the body responded to manual therapy over painkillers and rest.
Having spent many years in Japan both as a child and adult, where the culture follows a more hands on / manual therapy approach to pain and tension, it was only a matter of timing before Sophie moved into a career of Sports Therapy. She qualified as a Sports Therapist at the Raworth Centre in Dorking in 2002.
Since qualifying, as well as working in private clinics and doing some teaching, Sophie by chance got introduced to the world of rugby. She currently works for Effingham & Leatherhead RFC as the lead therapist (since May 2011) after working for 9 years at Old Paulines RFC. She has been lead therapist for Surrey Rugby since 2009, having started in 2004, for the Youth and Senior sides as required. The challenges of working with the elite youth to the not so elite keeps her on her toes! Surrey Rugby sides usually perform very well to a high standard eg. Surrey U19s are National 7s Champions for 3 years running (2009-2011); Surrey entered a Senior side into the Carrickfergus 7s tournament 2010 and won the plate (check out the pictures); and Surrey Seniors reached the final of the County Championship shield competition in May 2011 playing at Twickenham stadium. Surrey U20s won the National County Shield Championship in May 2014 & 2015. 2016 sees them promoted to the National County Cup Championship.
Sophie has been Immediate Care in Sport (ICIS) Level 3 qualified since season 2010-11.
In 2006 Sophie was awarded the "Resusitation Certificate" by the Royal Humane Society for having helped save the life of a rugby player on 8th October 2005.