As a member of the Northern Ireland Surf Development Squad (Canoe Association of Northern Ireland’s Performance Development Programme) Sofia has been training with the Squad over the past three years.
Sofia was one of nine junior members of the CANI Surf Development Squad and five senior athletes who travelled to Portugal to compete the Ocean Spirit Festival in July. Within competitions, the competitors compete for the biggest and best waves to perform a variety of turns and manoeuvres for the judges to score. Although conditions were challenging, Sofia finished with a 3rd place in the World Waveski Cup.
Sofia also competed at the British Open Surf Kayaking Championships when she travelled to Manorbier in South Wales in October. Sofia’s next goals will be to focus on the forthcoming World Canoe Surf Championships, which will be held in Spain in July 2015 and the European Waveski event at Ocean Spirit festival in Portugal. She is already following an intense training programme to ensure she will compete at a high standard. Sofia is passionate about canoeing and hopes to have continued success in following her dreams.