Sophie Pascoe8 January 1993 Christchurch, New Zealand
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympics - Gold: 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly & 200m individual medley; Silver: 50m & 100m freestyle
- 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships - Gold: 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley; Silver: 100m bacsktroke; Bronze: 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle
- 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships - Gold: 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle
- London 2012 Paralympics - Gold: 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle & 200m individual medley; Silver: 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke & 100m breaststroke
- 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships - Gold: 100m butterfly; Silver: 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke & 200m individual medley; Bronze: 100m breaststroke
Aged just 15, Sophie Pascoe was the youngest member of the New Zealand team at Beijing 2008 where she won three gold and one silver medal in the Water Cube.
Her success in Beijing earned her four awards at the 2009 Canterbury Sportsperson Awards, including the prestigious Sportsperson of the Year Award.
At London 2012 she did even better than in Beijing taking home three gold and three silver medals in front of 17,000 people.
"I'm incredibly rapped to finish the games off like that. My ultimate goal was to get on the podium and that's what I've done. I'm finished and had a great campaign," she said after the final race of her second Paralympic Games.
After setting personal bests in all the races she won silver in at London 2012 she was determined to add to her gold medal collection at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada, and came away with an incredible five world titles.
The S10 swimmer had a difficult season in 2015 with the absence of her coach Roly Crichton, but still made the best of the year by adding three world titles to her bulging collection.
On her tail is relative Canadian newcomer Aurelie Rivard who claimed Pascoe's 100m freestyle world record in 2015 and also left the Worlds with two world titles.
Pascoe, who lost her left leg following a lawnmower accident at two years old, shined again at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, taking three golds and two silvers, and breaking one world and one Paralympic records along the way.
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