New Zealand’s most decorated para-athlete, Dame Sophie Pascoe burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old with a series of stunning performances at the Beijing Paralympic Games.
Over the past decade the powerful swimmer has firmly cemented her place as a national treasure.
It’s impossible to do justice to all of Pascoe’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 Pascoe made further history when she was named flag-bearer and team captain at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, becoming the first para-athlete to lead the New Zealand team out at a major Games.
A below-the-knee amputee following a lawnmower accident when she was a toddler, Pascoe is known for her raw honesty and offers refreshing insight into the ups and downs of life of an athlete.
A compelling speaker, Pascoe leaves a lasting impression on everyone she meets.
Paralympic Medallist (Tokyo)
(2 x Gold, 1 x Silver 1 x Bronze)
(4 x Gold)
(2 x Gold)
(2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011)
Halberg Awards (Leadership Award)
Paralympic Games Gold and Silver Medalist (Rio de Janeiro)
(3 x Gold and 2 x Silver)
IPC World Championships Medalist (Glasgow)
(3 x Gold, 1 x Silver 2 x Bronze)
Commonwealth Games Medalist
(2 x Gold)
IPC World Championships 2013 Medalist (Montreal)
(5 x Gold)
Paralympic Games Medalist (London)
(3 x Gold and 3 x Silver)
IPC World Championships Medalist (Eindhoven)
(1 x Gold and 2 x Silver)
IPC World Championships (25m) Medalist (Rio de Janeiro)
(4 x Gold and 3 x Bronze)
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Paralympic Games Medalist (Beijing)
(3 x Gold and 1 x Silver)