After leaving The Abbey in 2017 and heading to the University of Bath, alumna Sophie Drakeford-Lewis has not only been studying for her degree in Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, but also playing a vital role in the Team Bath Netball squad in the Vitality Superleague.
In September, Sophie secured her second successive Vitality Superleague season and has since caught the eye of coaches, fans and her peers while helping Team Bath finish third in the league. Having enhanced her reputation as one of the country’s most exciting prospects with her tremendous consistency, it was fitting that she were to be awarded the 2019 Vitality Superleague Young Player of the Season award in May, all while balancing her studies!
This week, Sophie has achieved yet more recognition as she was named a winner of the 2019 Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) Stars Awards in acknowledgement of her fantastic achievements combining top-level sport and higher educational studies over the last 12 months.
Nominations were made across five categories designed to celebrate the attributes of a dual career athlete with an independent panel of judges (including one of last year’s winners and Abbey alumna, Maria Tsaptsinos) tasked with determining the five winners. Sophie was awarded the Most Committed award, recognising her dedication to both study and sport including excellent time management and balancing demands.
We are so excited to see Sophie causing a storm in the netball world, and to have won both the 2019 Vitality Superleague Young Player of the Season award and a TASS Stars Award in just one year leaves us anticipating what might be next for our Abbey alumna!