Sophie Pascoe is the most successful Paralympic athlete New Zealand has ever produced. At the age of 15 she became the youngest medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics - winning an amazing three gold medals and a silver.
Sophie made New Zealand history at the London 2012 Paralympics Games claiming an incredible six medals from six events – three gold and three silver – and at the recent Rio 2016 Paralympics claimed three gold and two silver, taking her medal tally to 15 and earning her the title of New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian of all time.
For her outstanding achievements in the pool, Sophie has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, the 2016 Halberg Sport New Zealand Leadership Award and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2017.
In April 2018, Sophie was named New Zealand’s 21st Commonwealth Games Team flag bearer following in the footsteps of some of New Zealand’s greatest sportspeople. She was the first Para athlete to be selected as the New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team flag bearer illustrating the respect and admiration she has from all athletes and sports administrators. Sophie then went on to win two gold medals in the pool for her country.