My name is Sophie Pritchett. I am 14 years old and I have quadriplegic cerebral palsy. I live in Dorset and I love playing all sorts of disability sports: my team have just competed in the Table Cricket finals at Lords (we came 5th in the country), but I also love Boccia and I play for the Wessex Warriors power chair football team.
I am taking part in the 1km walk (which I am going to complete in my walking frame) and I am supporting Whizz Kidz. This charity bought me my first powered wheelchair when I was about four because NHS wheelchair services would not consider giving me a chair at such a young age. I loved it because it gave me my first real independence. I could go exactly where I wanted to and nicknamed my chair, Whizzy. I would like other children to have the same opportunity that I was given by Whizz Kidz.
I had a slow start with my training because of a bad cold. I need a lot of space to practice in my walker, but the weather has been so bad that I have not been able to go outside. Instead, we have been visiting lots of garden centres where they have enough space for me to walk! I also made it down to the beach which was great as the path was much smoother than the road (not so full of potholes) and I found it easier to walk there.