Fresh off the plane from Rio, NZ’s most successful Paralympian Sophie Pascoe is hitting the road, visiting schools around the country to share her inspirational story to students.
With 22 schools scheduled for the tour spanning Hamilton to Invercargill, Sophie will speak to over 3,000 year 12 and 13 students about health, wellbeing, how to embrace the next stage of life after school and reaching your goals.
A modern role model
The 23 year old swimmer, who won 3 gold and 2 silver medals in Rio as well as a world record, has been a Westpac Ambassador since 2010.
With her 15 medals from three Games making her our most successful Paralympian ever, she has become a role-model for many school-age students, inspiring them to chase their dreams.
She is a great example of overcoming life’s challenges and putting in the hard yards to reach your goals.
From trauma, a world class athlete emerged
When she was just two years old, Sophie was caught in the path of a ride-on lawnmower; her left leg was badly hurt and had to be amputated below the knee. Naturally this was a very traumatic time for Sophie and her family, but from that trauma, a world class Para-Athlete has emerged.
“It might sound strange, but it’s one of the best things that ever happened to me. If that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
Christchurch-born Sophie enjoyed swimming, and at primary school she found that she could outswim her able-bodied friends. Her passion for swimming grew and the rest is history.