Meet The Team - Sophie Allen
Get to know European silver medallist Sophie Allen. Read her Tweets, view images, watch her in action and being interviewed, check out Sophie in numbers, see how her Olympic rivals compare and much more.
British Gas ITC Stockport
200m Individual Medley on 30 & 31 July
Did you know?
- Sophie is training to be a beautician and teammate Keri-anne Payne admits she is regularly used as Sophie's guinea pig for her to practice.
- Away from the pool, she likes to relax by baking.
- She has a pet tortoise named Winston.
Sophie enjoyed an encouraging junior career under Marc Spackman's watch at Lincoln Vulcans SC, winning 200m Breaststroke bronze at the 2006 World School Games in Athens before making her European Junior debut in Antwerp 2007 and underlining her senior potential with 200m IM silver in Belgrade 12 months later. She won her first British Championship medal in 2009, claiming 200m IM bronze behind Hannah Miley and Keri-anne Payne, but after switching to the British Gas ITC Stockport in 2010, a hip injury and subsequent operation curtailed her 2010 season. Sophie bounced back in 2011 with British Champs silver in the 200m IM then a sixth place finish in the same event at the World University Games. A first PB for three years in January 2012 set her up well for the Olympic Trials where she lowered her best again, ducking under 2:12 for the first time to claim 200m IM silver and seal her Olympic spot.