At just 20, New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe produced a tour de force in the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, winning five gold medals in her five events. She also set four world records and was voted IPC Athlete of the Month for August. In September, she broke another two world records at the New Zealand Short Course Championships.
Her achievements in 2013 continued her earlier successes. In 2008 at the Beijing Paralympics, as a 15-year-old, she won three gold medals and one silver and four years later in London she won three gold and three silver medals. Sophie lost her left leg below the knee after an accident in the family garden when she was just two.