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Swimming New Zealand sends Sophie Pascoe and Nikita Howarth to this year’s Commonwealth Games

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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