Sophie Cook

Not today : How I chose life

Inspiration with grace and humour

Inspiration with grace and humour

“Sophie Cook is an inspiration. As a speaker she has the ability of telling her story openly, honestly and with a balance of grace and humour. “As well as sharing her journey of coming out as a trans woman in the male dominated world of football to challenging a Tory ‘safe seat’ in the 2017 general election – Sophie also talks candidly about her ongoing battles with...

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Honest and articulate

Honest and articulate

“I was delighted you could join us for the closing panel at the Rainbow Laces Summit and share your story and experiences as a role model with leaders from across sport on the day. Your honest and articulate contribution really brought to life the personal impact of not feeling welcome or accepted whatever your role in sport, and how much of a difference vocal support and an open culture...

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Brutally, honest feedback

Brutally, honest feedback

Because I don’t have feedback forms after my speeches it’s always lovely when an event organiser shares the comments that they receive with me. Following my recent speech for Bedfordshire Police at their Hate Crime Conference in Luton I was delighted and a little emotional at receiving an email containing the following feedback: ‘Sharp and witty delivery.’ ‘Inspirational and was...

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Dignified, simple, factual and had a powerful effect

Dignified, simple, factual and had a powerful effect

“I first heard Sophie speak at the recent Stonewall conference in 2016 where she told her life story to over 800 delegates (a daunting task on its own)! Sophie’s speech was dignified, simple, factual and had a powerful effect on those listening because it spoke precisely of the concept of being able to be your authentic self. Sophie talked about how she lived in secret as well as how she...

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Playing a fabulous role in driving a diversity & inclusion using the power of football

Playing a fabulous role in driving a diversity & inclusion using the power of football

“Someone at Bournemouth like Sophie Cook is playing, I think, a fabulous role in driving a diversity and inclusion message using the power of football and its attraction into an audience that maybe wouldn’t be receptive to those messages – and that’s an area we’ve been very happy to help with.” Nathan Homer, Barclays Global Sponsorship Group If you’ve seen me speak or watched...

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Compelling and thought provoking

Compelling and thought provoking

“Sophie was one of our speakers at the inaugural #TeamPride event in February 2016 – a conference attended by 200 athletes, sponsors, rights holders and LGBT allies discussing LGBT inclusion in sport. Sophie’s personal story of her transition and decision to publicise the news herself instead to selling the story was a perfect scene setter for the panel to discuss media’s role in...

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