Meet our Gold Medal Hopefuls:
Sophie Pascoe | Para-Swimming | Impairment (Disability): Limb deficiency
Sophie was New Zealand’s most successful Para-Athlete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games breaking a world record and bringing home a haul of medals including gold, two silver and a bronze.
Most recently Sophie won three Gold, two Silver and a Bronze medal the IPC Swimming World Championships 2015 in Glasgow. Sophie is currently holds four world records and is ranked number 1 in the world in four events (as at 5 July 2016).
Mary Fisher | Para-Swimming | Impairment (Disability): Visual impairment
Mary was New Zealand’s second most successful Para-Athlete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games breaking a world record and bringing home a haul of medals including gold, two silver and a bronze.
Most recently she won three gold and two silver medals at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships. Mary is currently ranked number 1 in the world in five events. She currently holds four world records (as at 5 July 2016).
Emma Foy & Laura Thompson | Para-Cycling | Impairment (Disability): Visual impairment (Emma) | Sighted pilot (Laura)
Emma and her sighted pilot Laura began 2016 with the successful defense of their World Champion title in the Women’s B 3km Pursuit at the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Italy. This was the third consecutive year the pair have won this world title. Emma is an outstanding athlete that only started her Para-Cycling career two and a half years ago. Laura is well known for the trifecta of medals she won as a sighted pilot for Phillipa Gray at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Laura has a strong sporting background including being a past member of the Tall Ferns NZ basketball team.
Michael Johnson | Para-Shooting | Impairment (Disability): Loss of muscle power (Tetraplegia)
Michael Johnson has represented New Zealand at three Paralympic Games, winning a medal at each. In 2015 he set a new World Record and won five gold and a bronze medals at the IPC Shooting World Cup events in Poland, Turkey and Sydney.
Michael will compete at his fourth Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 and has his sights set on gold.
For more information visit http://www.paralympics.org.nz/