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Sophie fearless in seeking out new challenges

Young woman in orange suit does gymnastic poses on the edge of the Auckland Sky Tower.

Actor. Singer. Gymnast. In show business terms, 14-year-old Tauranga performer Sophie Turner is what’s known as a triple threat.

Fans of perennial New Zealand children’s television favourite What Now may recognise her as Izzy, the smart, bossy and often sarcastic girl from ‘Mysteryville’ — a 10-minute segment about three young sleuths solving weird and wacky mysteries which screened last year.

Sophie insists she’s not like Izzy at all. In person, she’s bright, bubbly and full of barely-contained nervous energy.

Sophie lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette Syndrome (Tourette’s). She’s also been diagnosed with autism.

It’s an impressive string of letters, but Sophie hasn’t let it get in the way of her goals.

Read the full article on the Altogether Autism website.

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