When Paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe was just 15 years old, her young life was about to change.
That year, at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, she won three gold and one silver medal - making her not only the youngest New Zealand medal winner at the games but launched her from anonymity into the hearts and minds of New Zealanders everywhere.
Following in the footsteps of some of New Zealand’s greatest athletes, she went on to be named flag bearer at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – the first Paralympian to be given the honour.
But the field of sport was not the only accolades to be placed on Sophie’s shoulders. In addition to her now nine Paralympic gold medals, she has also been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, the 2016 Halberg Sport New Zealand Leadership Award and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of the Year in 2011-2013, 2015 & 2017.
“It’s a massive privilege to join the likes of Steve, Kane and Israel as part of Powerade’s stable of ambassadors,” Sophie said.
“To be the first para athlete and female ambassador makes me extremely proud and I hope my work with Powerade can help encourage both sportswomen and men, “ she said.
Sophie knows what it takes to challenge herself and perform at her personal best. This drive fits in beautifully with Powerade.
“During my career, sometimes water hasn’t been enough, and I’ve needed electrolytes to help my body prepare, perform and recover,” Sophie said.
“Whether you’re pushing to be a professional athlete or a weekend warrior at heart, hydration is critical to help get the best performance,” she said.
Likewise, Powerade Brand Manager, Jodie Timmins is excited about Sophie joining the team.
“We’ve been looking for a strong female ambassador who shares the same values as us for some time. We know New Zealanders love athletes who are proven performers at the highest level on the global stage, “Jodie said.
“Like Steven, Kane and Izzy, Sophie epitomizes the pursuit of sporting excellence and is a great fit for us,” she said.