Sophie Pascoe out of Pan Pacifics with illness
IAN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW
Double Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sophie Pascoe has withdrawn from her next big meet due to an ongoing illness.
Pascoe said won't be contesting the 2014 Pan-Pacific para-swimming championships in California starting on Thursday (NZ time).
It's understood Pascoe's illness is an infection that she was unable to shrug off in Glasgow.
Despite the health problems which Pascoe revealed while competing at the Games, the 21-year-old from Christchurch still won gold in the SB9 100m breaststroke and SM10 200m individual medley; her only two events in Glasgow.
Pascoe travelled to California before before the Commonwealth Games had finished to prepare for the Pan-Pac meet but is now returning to New Zealand ''to recover and be with family''.
''I am really gutted that I have had to pull out of Pan Pacific champs, but I am proud to have represented my country and win 2 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. Thanks for all the continued support!'' she wrote on her Facebook page.
Pascoe was scheduled for a busy meet in Pasadena, with plans to swim the women's S10 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and the SB9 100m breaststroke.