Sophia Warner, Paralympian track and field athlete and founder of the UK’s first sports event dedicated to the UK’s disabled, Tribal Series Para Tri, has this week joined Parallel London as Partnerships Director.
Parallel London launched nationally in February and aims to become the UK’s largest disability-led event. The event will host a number of mass-participation push/run challenges, from 100m to 10k, within the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Furthermore, the event will stage a family festival offering a range of fully inclusive and accessible attractions across art, dance, literature, fitness, active lifestyle, technology, food and drink.
The event, which will take place on 4 September and is backed by The Mayor of London, is open to disabled participants as well as their friends, families and colleagues to complete one of their chosen routes at their own pace and style.
The event provides a unique and exciting platform for charities of all sizes to participate as well as welcoming corporate teams. One of the key benefits is that it will enable disabled participants to fundraise for their chosen charities.
Sophia Warner said: “It’s a happy/sad moment for me personally. I’m very sad to have left Para Tri, but I’m tremendously proud of what we achieved and I’m sure my legacy and original vision will remain in safe hands with Sportsworld. However, I feel very lucky to have found a new home at Parallel London, who are as passionate about inclusivity and accessibility as I am.
I still have so much to offer disability sport and I’m extremely excited by their scale of ambition and what we can achieve together. It seems very fitting to be back in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park exactly four years on from the Paralympics and this time instead of being on the track I’m delighted to be part of a team giving the opportunity to thousands.”
The founder of Parallel London is Andrew Douglass, who is also the co-founder and chief executive of major event specialist, innovision. Douglass and his agency have been active supporters within the disability sector for many years and staged many of the highest profile events and installations at The London Paralympics in 2012.
Douglass added: “I really think this is a case of serendipity. Sophia found herself needing to find a new home and a place where she can channel her amazing energy, knowledge and passion. The moment we first met, I knew this was an opportunity not to be missed. I love Sophia’s entrepreneurial spirit and I have met few people who can match her zest for life and desire to make a real difference. I feel very lucky to have her as part of our team.”
The Parallel London team has further grown by the addition of Lisa Edwards and Zoe Baty in the role of Partnerships Managers.
Warner said: “Lisa and Zoe have been working with me for the past two years and, like me, found themselves looking for a new home. They played a significant part in the amazing success of Para Tri and I’m just delighted that we can bring our collective experience into Parallel London and continue our great work together.”
Registrations for Parallel London are now live on www.parallellondon.com.
For more information on Parallel London please contact Nick Lindop or call +44 (0)20 7034 3266.
Notes to Editors:
- Parallel London is a not-for-profit created to help influence positive attitudes and understanding of disability, shine a light on accessibility in everyday life, highlight the importance of fitness and encourage more active lifestyles and to create significant new and incremental fundraising opportunities for disability-related charities of all sizes. Parallel London is the first event it has organised.