Last week, Swimming New Zealand announced that Sophie Pascoe and Nikita Howarth had made the national team going to compete in Glasgow at this year’s Commonwealth Games. The two swimmers are the team’s only para-swimmers.
A Christchurch native, Pascoe is a S10, SM10, SB9 classified swimmer with a “below knee amputee (left) severe scarring on right leg”. She is scheduled to swim in the SM10 200 meter individual medley and SB9 100 meter breaststroke events. Pascoe has a wealth of international experience, having competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, the 2012 Summer Paralympics, the 2009 World Championships, the 2010 IPC World Championships, and the 2013 IPC World Championships. A New Zealand Order of Merit 2008, she has won several medals and set a number of world records.
A Cambridge resident, Howarth is a S7, SB8, SM7 classified swimmer who is scheduled to take part in the S8 100 meter freestyle race. Competing at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she was the youngest ever representative for the country at the Paralympic Games, where her best performance was sixth place in the 200 meter individual medley.
The Commonwealth Games are scheduled to kick off on July 23.