14 Sep 2016

Sophie Pascoe's nana proud of granddaughter's achievements

From Checkpoint, 5:25 pm on 14 September 2016

Sophie Pascoe's grandmother will be preparing her a roast lamb meal when she returns from Rio, in celebration of yet another massive medal haul at the Paralympics.

A Paralympic veteran at just 23 years old, Sophie has now won 15 medals at three Games, including nine gold medals.

Her grandmother, Yvonne Goodman, says she spoke with Sophie after she won her latest medal this morning - a silver in the 100m freestyle.

Mrs Goodman said she was incredibly proud of her grandaughter, who she said was a self-described perfectionist.

"She was stoked with what she'd had done but I think a little bit disappointed that she didn't get gold."

Mrs Goodman said when Sophie was younger she had told her grandfather, John Goodman, that she wanted to be a Paralympian.

"She said to him ... I want to go to the Paralympics and bring you back a medal - and she did."

Mrs Goodman said Sophie was a wonderful role model.

"She'd do anything to help the young children to help with their sport and encourage them."

Sophie had been brought up the right way, Mrs Goodman said.

"You know, not to hide her disability, even right from a small child it was never, ever hidden.

"When she was tiny she was always in shorts or a swimming suit ... I think that sort of helped her too."

Mrs Goodman said she would be making Sophie a lamb roast with baked potatoes when she arrived back in New Zealand.

"She's a very good eater our Soph."


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