Yesterday, New Zealander swimmer Sophie Pascoe announced she had pulled out of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships because of health issues. In Great Britain for the recently completed Commonwealth Games, she plans to return to New Zealand to recover and to spend time with her family.
Pascoe left the Commonwealth Games with gold in the 200m individual medley SM10 final and the 100m breaststroke SB9. She came into the Games with health issues and had struggled with the during its entirety. Pascoe was originally scheduled to compete in the women’s S10 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and the SB9 100m breaststroke events at the Pan Pacifics.
The Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships are scheduled to get underway tomorrow in Pasadena, California and end on August 10. Swimmers from North and South America, Oceania and South Africa are scheduled to compete at the event. It is the major international event this year for most swimmers based outside of Europe.