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Sophie sets her sights to Rio 2016

Posted: Aug 3, 2012
Category: General
Posted by: Admin


Despite an early exit from the London 2012 Olympic Games, our Ambassador of Goodwill remains positive for Rio 2016.

Sophie Williams

Despite her early exit from the Women’s Sabre competition on Wednesday, our Ambassador of Goodwill, Sophie Williams, insists the experience competing in the London 2012 Olympics will leave her much better prepared for the next Olympics Games in Rio 2016.

Sophie, (right of photo) who is currently ranked number 56 in the world and 3rd in the UK, was defeated 15-6 by Italy’s world number six, Irene Vecchi.

The British selectors had handed Sophie a place at London 2012 with a view to her development for the Rio Games in four years' time.

"I'm disappointed I couldn't put in a better performance, but I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to experience this level of competition”

“Irene is an incredible fencer and I knew it was going to be difficult. I have fenced against her in the past and done well but unfortunately I couldn’t put in the same performance here. She was very strong at the beginning and it was very hard to close the gap.’’

Despite being disappointed to see her London 2012 experience end in a matter of minutes, Sophie says she’s learned a lot from the experience.

“Hopefully in four years’ time, I’ll be able to come back and put in a better performance – training for Rio 2016 is my goal now.”

Her Great Britain teammate Louise Bond-Williams also followed her out of the competition at the same stage after being defeated 15-8 Greek world number four Vassiliki Vougiouka.

After putting her university plans on hold to train full time, Sophie will be off to University College London in September to study Neuroscience. She is looking forward to continuing her role for The Women’s Section as Ambassador of Goodwill.