Sophie Pascoe

Para Swimmer
About Sophie

New Zealand’s most decorated para athlete, Sophie Pascoe burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old with a series of stunning performances at the Beijing Paralympic Games.

Over the past decade the powerful swimmer has firmly cemented her place as a national treasure.

It’s impossible to do justice to all of Pascoe’s achievements in the pool, but her quick highlight reel includes, 15 Paralympic medals (including nine gold) across three Games, 13 IPC world titles, and multiple world records.

In 2018 Pascoe made further history when she was named flagbearer and team captain at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, becoming the first para athlete to led the New Zealand team out at a major Games.

A below-the-knee amputee following a lawnmower accident when she was a toddler, Pascoe is known for her raw honesty and offers refreshing insight into the ups and downs of life an athlete.

A compelling speaker, Pascoe leaves a lasting impression on everyone she meets.

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Career Highlights
2019

IPC World Championships Medalist
(4 x Gold)

2018

Commonwealth Games New Zealand Flag Bearer
(Gold Coast)

2018

Commonwealth Games Medalist
(2 x Gold)

2017

Halberg Awards- Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
(2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011)

2016

Halberg Awards (Leadership Award)

2016

Paralympic Games Gold and Silver Medalist (Rio de Janeiro)
(3 x Gold and 2 x Silver)

2015

IPC World Championships Medalist (Glasgow)
(3 x Gold, 1 x Silver 2 x Bronze)

2014

Commonwealth Games Medalist
(2 x Gold)

2013

IPC World Championships 2013 Medalist (Montreal)
(5 x Gold)

2012

Paralympic Games Medalist (London)
(3 x Gold and 3 x Silver)

2010

IPC World Championships Medalist (Eindhoven)
(1 x Gold and 2 x Silver)

2009

IPC World Championships (25m) Medalist (Rio de Janeiro)
(4 x Gold and 3 x Bronze)

2009

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

2008

Paralympic Games Medalist (Beijing)
(3 x Gold and 1 x Silver)

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