Goal Attack Wing Attack
When she was younger, there came a point when Sophie Drakeford-Lewis had a tough decision to make: netball or tennis?
“It all began when I was seven. My biggest influence when I started out was my schoolteacher, Miss Ore, who suggested starting out at my local club. I joined Woodley Netball Club and I think this really got me playing netball at a higher standard.”
Despite competing in both to a high standard, she chose to pursue the former due to her love of the team environment. Growing up, she always wanted to be a goal attack and now proudly wears the bib for her country.
Drakeford-Lewis began her international journey when she was selected into the Roses Academy in 2016 and went on numerous tours as well as representing her country at varying competitions at U21 level, including winning bronze at the Netball World Youth Cup in 2017.
In 2019, Drakeford-Lewis was elevated to the Vitality Roses full-time programme after a successful season with the Roses Futures. Her major senior competition debut came at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games where she was the youngest player in Team England’s squad.
On a domestic level, Drakeford-Lewis has enjoyed success at Saracens Mavericks, Team Bath and Surrey Storm. Debuting in the Netball Super League in 2018, she achieved the Young Player of the Season award in 2019 and has continued to blossom, notably helping propel Surrey Storm into the top four for the first time in seven years in 2023.
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Major International Honours
First call-up to a World Cup squad
First call-up to a senior major international competition (Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games)
Vitality Roses vs. Fiji
7 October 2017