New Zealand’s most decorated Paralympian, Dame Sophie Pascoe burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old with a series of stunning performances to become the youngest medal winner at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games winning an amazing three golds, a World Record and a silver medal.
Over the past decade the powerful swimmer and below-the-knee amputee following a lawnmower accident when she was a toddlerhas firmly cemented her place as a national treasure.It’s impossible to do justice to all of Dame Sophie's achievements in the pool, but her quick highlight reel includes 19 Paralympic medals (including eleven gold) across four Games, 17 IPC world titles, and multiple world records.
In 2018 she made further history when she was named flagbearer and team captain at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, becoming the first para-athlete to leadthe New Zealand team out at a major Games. At the end of 2021 Dame Sophie became the youngest-ever Dame in the New Year’s Honours in recognition of her record-breaking accomplishments in the pool.
She is a seven-time winner of Para Athlete of the Year as well as Para Athlete of the Decade in 2020 at the Halberg Awards that honours and celebrates New Zealand sporting excellence.
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