9 - 18 March 2018

25 AUGUST – 6 SEPTEMBER 2020

4 MARCH - 13 MARCH 2022 (UTC)

Sophie Pascoe

Sophie Pascoe

Name Sophie Pascoe
Sport Para swimming
Date of Birth
8 January 1993
Coach Roly Crichton
Resides Christchurch
Occupation Para swimmer
Classification S10, SB9, SM10
Disability/impairment Limb deficiency
Paralympian # 166 - Rio 2016, London 2012 and Beijing 2008

 

Major International Results
2016 Rio Paralympic Games Gold – Women’s 200m IM SM10 (World Record)
Gold – Women’s 100m Backstroke S10
Gold – Women’s 100m Butterfly S10
Silver – Women’s 50m Freestyle S10
Silver – Women’s 100m Freestyle S10
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships Gold - Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM10
Gold - Women’s 100m Butterfly S10
Gold - Women’s 100m Freestyle S10
Silver - Women’s 100m Backstroke S10
Bronze - Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB9
Bronze - Women's 50m Freestyle S10
2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Gold - Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9
Gold - Women's 200m Individual Medley SM10
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships Gold and World Record - Women's 50m Freestyle S10
Gold and World Record - Women's 100m Freestyle S10
Gold and World Record - Women's 100m Butterfly S10
Gold - Women's 100m Backstroke S10
Gold - Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9
2012 London Paralympic Games Gold and World Record - Women's 200m Individual Medley SM10
Gold and World Record - Women's 100m Butterfly S10
Gold - Women's 100m Freestyle S10
Silver - Women's 50m Freestyle S10
Silver - Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9
Silver - Women's 100m Backstroke S10
2011 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships Gold - Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9
Gold and World Record - Women's 200m Individual Medley SM10
Gold - Women's 100m Freestyle S10
Gold and World Record - Women's 100m Butterfly S10
Silver - Women's 400m Freestyle S10
Silver - Women's 50m Freestyle S10
2010 IPC Swimming World Championships Gold and World Record - Women's 100m Butterfly S10
Silver - Women's 50m Freestyle S10
Silver - Women's 100m Backstroke S10
Silver - Women's 200m Individual Medley SM10
2009 IPC World Swimming Championships Gold and World Record - Women's 100m Butterfly S10
Gold and World Record - Women's 100m Backstroke S10
Gold and World Record - Women's 200m Individual Medley SM10
Gold and World Record - Women's 100m Individual Medley SM10
Bronze - Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9
Bronze - Women's 100m Freestyle S10
Bronze - Women's 400m Freestyle S10
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Gold - Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9
Gold - Women's 200m Individual Medley SM10
Gold - Women's 100m Backstroke S10
Silver - Women's 100m Butterfly S10 

 

World Rankings (as at 6 December 2017)
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 1
Women's 50m Butterfly S10 1
Women's 50m Backstroke S10 1
Women's 50m Freestyle S10 3
Women's 100m Freestyle S10
Women's 50m Breaststroke SB9
Women's 100m Backstroke S10 4
Women's 200m Freestyle S10 5
Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9 5
Women's 400m Freestyle S10 6

 

World Records (as at 6 December 2017)
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 01:02.6 2016 New Zealand
Women's 400m Individual Medley SM10  05:23.67 2015 New Zealand
Women's 50m Butterfly S10 00:28.38 2013 New Zealand
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 02:24.90 2016 Rio de Janiero

Profile

The standard-bearer for Para sport in New Zealand, Sophie Pascoe is a national treasure. A six-time Paralympic gold medallist and multiple World Champion, the Cantabrian swimmer will had the weight of a nation’s expectations upon her when she hit the pool in Rio for what was her third Paralympic appearance. Sophie won five medals and broke a world record while taking her total tally to 15 Paralympic medals. This success has now made Sophie  the most decorated New Zealand Paralympian ever! 


A below the knee amputee following a lawnmower accident aged two, Sophie first revealed her future ability competing the at the CCS Independence Games when Paralympians Roly Crichton and Graham Condon impressed by Sophie's potential asked her to join the QEII Swim Club. 

From there the Kiwi star – who has been coached for the past 14 years by Crichton – made rapid progress bagging a bronze medal on her international debut aged just 13 at the IPC Swimming World Championships in South Africa.


It was this performance which “fast-forwarded” her career and just two years later she surprised many to truly emerge on the international stage by securing three gold and one silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.  


Suddenly thrust into the public spotlight, the Halberg award-winning Sophie has continued to flourish. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Christchurch swim sensation bagged three gold and three silver medals before the following year achieving her career highlight with five gold medals at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal. 


Pascoe shares her training time between Auckland and Christchurch, squeezing in 14 sessions per week. Her motivation to succeed remains strong and the multi-talented swimmer continued to impress at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow winning six further medals including three gold.


“The Paralympic Games is our pinnacle event.  To listen to that national anthem after winning a race is a proud moment for your and your country,” she adds. 
 

Sophie is now looking forward to the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and what she hopes will be her fourth Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

About Sophie

Classification means…

Letters = represent the stroke i.e. SM is Individual Medley, S is Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle, SB is Breaststroke Number represents the athletes activity limitation. Athletes with physical impairment, numbered 1-10. A lower number indicates a more severe activity limitation than a higher number. Athletes with different impairments compete against each other. The impact of their impairment on swim performance, however, is similar.


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