2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Sophie Pascoe

  • 20/03/2018
Sophie Pascoe
Sophie Pascoe wins gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Photo credit: Photosport

Age: 25
Event: Swimming
Club: QEII Swim Club
Born: January 8, 1993
Personal bests: 50m freestyle - 27.78s, 200m freestyle - 2m 12.35s, 50m backstroke - 31.62s, 100m breaststroke (SB9) – 1:05.95s, 100m freestyle – 59.50s, 50m butterfly – 28.38s, 100m butterfly – 1m 02.60s, 200m individual medley – 2m 24.90s, 400m individual medley – 5m 23.67s
Coach: Roly Crichton
Social links: @SophPascoe (Twitter) @sophpascoe1 (Instagram)

The Christchurch para swimmer extraordinaire will be a firm favourite for gold when she looks to defend her 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley titles from Glasgow 2014.

Following a tragic accident at a young age, Pascoe became a below-the-knee amputee - an S10 classification in para swimming - and soon afterwards took to the pool to begin what would become a decorated career.

She made her first appearance at an international competition at 13, winning a bronze medal at the IPC Swimming World Championships in South Africa.

Two years later, Pascoe competed at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, taking home three gold medals and one silver.

She backed that up at London 2012 with a further six medals, including three golds, before adding another five at Rio 2016 and taking her total to 15, making her New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian.

As of December 2017, she had four world records in the 100m butterfly, 400m individual medley, 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

The 25-year-old has achieved recognition both at home and abroad, winning the Halberg Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award five times and receiving a nomination in the same category at the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards last year.