Sophie Christiansen is an eight time Paralympic gold medalist in Para-Dressage, with Cerebral Palsy, and is the second Equestrian athlete to be nominated this year.
Born 2 months prematurely, Sophie has battled with her challenges for the past 29 years that include mobility and speech impediments, but that hasn’t stopped her from bringing home no fewer than 8 Paralympic golds since 2008.
She went into the history books for being the youngest equestrian athlete ever to compete at the Paralympics, when she rode at the 2004 Games in Athens aged just 16.
Her "ferocious determination to succeed" is even more evident in her alter-ego as a statistical analyst at investment bank Goldman Sachs, where she works 2 days per week. Positions like this don’t come to just everyone, but then Sophie does hold a first class Masters degree in mathematics!
The winner will be announced at a live show at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK on on Sunday, December 18 2016.
To find out more, head over to the BBC website for more info.
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