It is a big day for Sophie Snowling from Diss, Norfolk, in the United Kingdom. As a global audience of millions focuses on the Centre Court of Wimbledon, she will be at the net performing the all-important coin toss to decide which player will serve first – and perhaps seize the psychological advantage – at this year’s ladies’ singles final between Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli.
Sophie (14) will be representing East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), as nominated by the charity’s Royal Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge. The network of hospices provides support to families and carers for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.
EACH has supported Sophie and her family since her elder brother, Jake (16), was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2011. Jake will also be attending the final along with the pair’s parents, and they will support Sophie from their seats on Centre Court as she undertakes her duties.
Speaking about her opportunity, Sophie said: “I’m really pleased the hospice chose us to take part. When I found out I was going on Centre Court for the coin toss I couldn’t believe it.
“I’ll get the opportunity to shake hands with the finalists – I’m so excited.
“EACH has helped me to cope with everything that’s happened with Jake and I’ve had support at home and at the hospice.”
Sophie will be assisted in her on-court duties by Andrew Jarrett, Championships’ Referee, and the Chair Umpire. After the formalities, she will watch the match with her family, and their day includes lunch and tea in the Competitors’ Restaurant.