IAS athlete profile: Sophie Mills

Sophie Mills

Multi-talented: A former gymnast, Illawarra Academy of Sport scholarship holder Sophie Mills now competes in swimming and triathlons. Photo: Adam McLean

Multi-talented: A former gymnast, Illawarra Academy of Sport scholarship holder Sophie Mills now competes in swimming and triathlons. Photo: Adam McLean

Swimming and triathlon

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Why did you apply for an IAS scholarship?  I applied for an IAS scholarship to get more advice, help and opinions from a range of different coaches to help me in my future.

Who’s your favourite professional athlete and why? My favourite professional athlete would be Cate Campbell as she has always strived to improve. She has never given up and pushed through the tough times. She has achieved so much and is a great role model to everyone.

If you weren’t involved in these sports what would you be doing and why? If I wasn't a swimmer or triathlete I would be a gymnast. I did gymnastics for six years before becoming a competitive swimmer and absolutely loved it. It built a lot of my resilience and strength and helped me get to where I am today.

I did gymnastics for six years before becoming a competitive swimmer and absolutely loved it.

How would you describe yourself in one sentence? I am an ambitious and dedicated athlete who aims to obtain the best results possible, whilst always giving my full potential to strive to achieve my goals.

What are your plans beyond school? After graduating school I wish to become a police officer and join the federal police force. I also enjoy working with chlidren so I would also like to be a teacher.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? If I could live anywhere in the world I would live in New Zealand. It is beautiful, laid back and it is an adventure playground.

What do you do in your free time? In my free time I like to go on adventures with my best friend like rainforest walks, going to the zoo, or having picnics on the beach. I also enjoy going running.

What is your favourite subject at school? My favourite subject at school is my elective PASS. It is really fun as we play and learn a range of different sports but the theory side of the subject is also interesting. Our assessments are fun and entertaining as we can usually choose the sport we revolve it around which makes it a lot more relevant.

What is your greatest achievement in your sport so far? My greatest achievement in my sport so far would be making a final at the Tasmanian state age championships in 2016. I was surprised at making it and this really helped me stay motivated over the past year.

When did you start in your sport and how did you get started? I have swum my whole life as fitness whilst I was a gymnast and started competitively swimming about five years ago when I stopped gymnastics and swam as my main sport.