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Sophie Pascoe, MNZM
Swimmer Sophie Pascoe is the trailblazing, standard-bearer for Para sport in Aotearoa.
Competing in her first Paralympics in Beijing (2008) when she was just 15 years old, Pascoe was the youngest New Zealand competitor. Her goal was to come home with a gold medal – a dream she’d held since she was ten – instead she came home with three golds and a sliver!
Sophie Pascoe has now competed at three Paralympics, most recently in Rio (2016) where she won five medals and broke a world record. She now holds 15 Paralympic medals (nine gold) and is a multiple world champion.
Pascoe was named flag bearer for the New Zealand team at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Watch this profile of Sophie Pascoe broadcast on Close Up ahead of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Find out more about Sophie Pascoe and her para swimming success.
Image: Screengrab, Close Up.
Catalogue Reference TZP355985
Reporter: Jendy Harper