Sophie Pascoe tipped for Commonwealth glory

22:36, Jul 26 2014
Sophie Pascoe
TIPPED FOR GLORY: Sophie Pascoe is competing in the 100m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

New Zealand's star Paralympic swimmer is likely to win medals and achieve personal bests at Glasgow's Commonwealth Games , her performance analyst says.

Sophie Pascoe is competing in the 100-metre breaststroke tomorrow (NZ time) and the 200m individual medley on July 30.

Matt Ingram, the University of Canterbury's senior sports scientist and a bio-mechanics expert, said she was in great form going into her events.

Pascoe has won five world Paralympic gold medals, three won in world-record time at last year's championships in Montreal.

"I expect Sophie to medal in both events in the pool next week. I predict personal bests from her as she has been tracking very well in test-sets at the pre-Games training in Flagstaff, Arizona," Ingram said.

He said Pascoe was very experienced and knew how to perform on the world stage. 


In the build-up to Glasgow, Pascoe had been strengthening her back, shoulders and arms on the University of Canterbury's climbing wall each week.

For analysis, the pair have been filming laps at Christchurch's Jellie Park pool.

Ingram recorded Pascoe using underwater cameras to provide feedback and analysis to refine her technique.

Ingram has been working with Pascoe and her coach since before the Beijing Olympics.

Pascoe was 13 years old when he first started developing her swimming technique.

The Press