Road to Rio

Sophie Pascoe
Swimming New Zealand

Sophie Pascoe

Three gold and three silver medals at London 2012 Paralympic Games, three gold and one silver medal at Beijing
2008 Paralympic Games
Five gold, three silver and five bronze medals at world championships
Full name: Sophie Frances Pascoe Date and place of birth: 8 January 1993,
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height: 1.8m Weight: 57kg
Challenge: Had her left leg amputated below the knee after a lawn mower accident when she was two years old Classification: S10, SB9 and SM10

Trivia

She was seven when she realised
she could be a good swimmer “I beat my friend who had two legs and that’s
when I thought I had talent”
When she was nine, she made a
promise to her grandfather “I’m going to go to the Paralympics and
win a gold medal for you”
New Zealand’s youngest Paralympian Aged 15, she competed at the Beijing 2008 Games The first thing she does after a competition Eat McDonalds – “Absolute favourite takeaway that I crave because I haven’t had it prior to a competition or during”
Her favourite dish is roast lamb “I try to have it once a week with vegetables” She has a Bichon Frisé dog called Rosie “She is very playful and loves a hug”
Her favourite movies are P.S. I Love You and The Notebook “Any chick flick really!” Loves beauty salons She does a hair and make-up course
“Dance like the locals” That’s what she most wants to do in Brazil Favourite place in Rio Copacabana beach: “A really cool spot
with a great atmosphere”

On competition days...

Idols

"I have a routine and I wear a brand new pair of goggles and suit for every final. I listen to the same song just before walking out on to the blocks – 'Someone’s Watching Over Me' by Hilary Duff." Her mother
Sophie Pascoe
I am excited about Rio and expecting its people to be fun and keen to deliver a fantastic Paralympic Games experience.
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