Pascoe returns home with gold medals
With five gold medals around her neck and three world records under her belt, Sophie Pascoe today returned to Christchurch vowing she still has ''a bit more in the tank''.
The city's golden girl returned today after dominating the podium at the IPC world championships over the past week, winning gold in all five of her events.
She capped off an oustanding meet on Monday, finishing first in the 50 metres women's freestyle in a world record time of 27.78 seconds, and breaking the 28sec mark for the first time.
Pascoe set world records in the S10 women's 100m butterfly and in the S10 100m freestyle.
Proud friends and family gathered at Christchurch Aiport today with flowers in hand as she arrived with coach Roly Chrichton.
A jet-lagged Pascoe said that while she achieved her goal of achieving personal bests in each of her races, and was part of the New Zealand team that was fourth on the medal table, ahead of heavyweights such as the United States and Brazil, there was still room for improvement.
''I had a goal of going out there and doing personal bests in every race, which is what I did ... I can't ask for much more than that,'' she said.
''That's why I swim - to challenge myself every day to train harder and to conquer those personal bests, so, you know, I still think I've got a bit more in the tank.''
Pascoe said the next few days would be spent relaxing and catching up with friends and family before her training ramped up again.
She has her sights set on next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where her SB9 100m breaststroke and SM10 200m individual medley events have gained inclusion.
''This is really just a stepping stone towards [the 2016 Rio Paralympics] now, and I've achieved my goals of what I wanted to do over at this meet, and now it's about next year's Commonwealth Games,'' she said.
Chrichton said the meet was a learning curve for Pascoe.
''It was a good performance, we achieved our targets - but we've got a hell of a lot to work on,'' he said.
''She learnt a lot more about swimming. She's a very, very good competitor as we know, but she learnt a lot more about herself and where we can improve.
''The bar has been raised and we'll go to work and work on raising it a little higher.''
Mother Jo Pascoe could not hold back her excitement as her well-decorated daughter returned home.
''We are all so proud,'' she told The Press.
She recounted ''screaming at the screen'' while watching a few races, but she was becoming accustomed to seeing Pascoe return home laden with medals.
''I'm getting used to it now; it's happened so many times.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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