Games type: Summer Paralympic Games
Games year: Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016
Medal won: Gold, Silver
Para sport: Para swimming
Gender: Female
Date of Birth8 January 1993
CoachRoly Crichton
OccupationPara swimmer
ClassificationS9, SB8, SM9
Disability/impairmentLimb deficiency

The standard-bearer for Para sport in New Zealand, Sophie Pascoe is a national treasure. A nine-time Paralympic gold medalist and multiple World Champion. 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 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. 

Her motivation to succeed remains strong and the multi-talented Para 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 you and your country,” she says. 

In 2018 Sophie had the honour of being selected as the flagbearer for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team on the Gold Coast. She then went on to win two gold medals in the pool.   

The Para swimmer who won four gold medals at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships.

Sophie Pascoe is now looking forward to what she hopes will be her fourth Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Paralympic results

2016Rio Paralympic GamesGold – 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
2012London Paralympic GamesGold 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 Backstroke S10
Silver - Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9
2008Beijing Paralympic GamesGold - Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9
Gold - Women's 200m Individual Medley SM10
Gold - Women's 100m Backstroke S10
Silver - Women's 100m Butterfly S10