Sophie Harding playing soccer on the field for the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Balancing Act: Sophie Harding Juggling Professional Football and Making a Difference at Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Star striker Sophie Harding's recent call-up to the Matildas is a testament, not just to her football skills but to the incredible support she receives from Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), in pursuing her dreams both on and off the pitch.

At just 24 years of age, Sophie has already made a name for herself as a forward for the Western Sydney Wanderers, with a club-record nine goals in 15 matches, propelling her into the spotlight. But Sophie’s success is by no means limited to her sporting achievements; it’s also a reflection of her remarkable ability to balance her career as a professional footballer with her role as a disability support worker at CPA.

For Sophie, working at CPA isn’t just a job; it’s an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others while pursuing her passion for football. As a disability support worker, she provides vital assistance to clients in supported accommodation, supporting them to navigate the challenges they face with empathy, compassion, and unwavering dedication.

Despite the demands of her dual roles, Sophie has found immense support and understanding from CPA, which has enabled her to pursue her dream of playing professional football without compromising her commitment to her work.

CPA’s flexible approach to employment has allowed Sophie to balance her professional responsibilities with her training and match schedule, ensuring that she can give her all both on and off the field.

Sophie Harding in a warm up playing soccer on the field for the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Sophie Harding working as a disability support worker with her client Derek.

Main image and above: Sophie playing for the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Right image: Sophie with her client Derek.

“I love coming to work,” Sophie said.

“It’s amazing that I get to do such a rewarding line of work while also pursuing my dream of being a professional footballer. The support I receive from CPA makes the balance a lot easier when I enjoy what I do so much.”

Sophie’s journey is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and the unwavering support of those around her. As she prepares to represent her country on the international stage with the Matildas, she does so with the knowledge that she has a team behind her at CPA, cheering her on every step of the way.

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